My last post, on the issues involving the Buchanan VFD and some of it’s members; has drawn several comments. See that post by clicking HERE .
My “unofficial policy” here at Ironfiremen.com is to publish every comment, good or bad; as long as they are civil. There are certain “words” or phrases however that will cause me to delete rather than publish…. directed toward me personally or not. I haven’t had to delete any comments for a while ( none for the post mentioned above) and always e-mail the author when I do .
When you go to Ironfiremen.com, always be sure to click the “TITLE” of the post so you can view the comments made (Face Book and “regular” comments). Take the time to read em as well … these folks took the time to post em.
Today, I got a good one and I can’t help but share it. Surprisingly, several of the (Face Book) comments seem to lean toward supporting the folks and conditions I mention in the post … I often times wonder if the folks leaving the comments actually read the post…. it’s almost comical and obvious they haven’t.
Here’s one of the latest comments from Kimberli (well that’s part of her e-mail address anyway… I’ll assume it’s her actual name). She wrote …
“ROANOKE CITY FIRE CAPTAIN UNDER WORKED & OVERPAID
For what I hope is the FINAL TIME on this issue, and in true Dave Statter fashion; allow me to address this comment and the questions surrounding my postings on the Buchanan / Botetourt County issues.
To begin with, this (Ironfiremen.com) is MY site … my BLOG. The content found here is my personal opinion and views on whatever topic I decide to write about on any given day. I have the right to say it, you have the right to decide whether or not to read it.
This site, it’s content and my opinion is also NOT endorsed, edited, overseen or approved by anyone other than ME. It is in NO WAY connected to my employer.
Ok… lets break down this latest comment … hang with me here “Kimberli” … I’ll type slow….
To begin with, she has the pay vs. work comparison backwards. She said “…CAPTAIN UNDER WORKED & OVERPAID” . I put WAY too much time and effort (“work”) into this blog for little or no pay. I am shocked however that she presumes to know my work schedule and finances. It also puzzles me that she seems to think she knows my personal goals and objectives…I wonder if we have met before?
I’m curious as to exactly how much time I’ve “devoted” to this issue and how she is are aware of that number. It would have also been nice if she would have given us her definition of exactly what a “ ridiculous amount” of time is so that we can draw a fair comparison.
I’d also like to know when I “slandered” anyone. I’ve offered my opinion, stated FACTS and/or used quotes from local TV or newspapers. I often times even provided links to verify my comments. I wonder if she sent a similar comment/e-mail to the news channels or the newspapers? That’s where I first learned of “BJC” and where I continued to get my information. I’d also like to hear her argument to whatever allegations she disputes. She’s offered none.
As far as my attacking volunteers … She’s are wrong again. I wonder if she’s even read any of my posts? Did she “hit” or use the links I provided to help explain my position and the direction of the post? Obviously NOT. If she had, then she would have read THIS post (pssst .. Kimberli ..the word “THIS” is a link …click it … if that’s too complicated, CLICK HERE instead).
Here’s another PRO volunteer post related to the issue … CLICK HERE. I’ve never had a paid vs. volunteer issue … I have a professional vs non-professional issue. In that post above, I said “I know a lot of damn good firemen who are volunteers. I know just as many “paid guys” who aren’t worth a dime. Paid or vollie … it doesn’t matter to me as long as you do the job. To expect less would be a disgrace to those who came before us.” I stand by that statement.
I have NOT failed to mention good things that the BVFD or “BJC” has done…. CLICK HERE …. She however HAS.
Why did she not mention any of those “good” things in her comment? Why not give us the examples? I’m sure there are several .. the Buchanan VFD was a VERY WELL respected Department in the past. They’ve won awards, trophies etc due to their commitment and professionalism. ALL WELL DESERVED. I believe their image has been tarnished here of late and it has NOT been at my hand. I’ve NEVER ran a call for or in the town of Buchanan. I have never called and requested an interview on their behalf nor have I ever spoken publicly representing BVFD.
I also don’t think I “beat up” anyone’s reputation. I didn’t even know he HAD one or what that reputation may have been prior to my posting on the situations in which he was involved. Again, I posted on things I read in the local paper or saw on the local news. I can not control the opinion my readers arrive at following a post.
Here’s another thing … for me, it’s never been about the Buchanan VFD, it’s been about Botetourt County. I’m NOT “obsessed with Billy Carter” as she implied, rather; I’m against convicted felons in emergency services. That has been my point / direction all along. Buchanan just so happens to have a couple on their roster. They are not the only Department that does either. They ARE the only Department who kept popping up in the news and validating my point.
That said, “BJC” has often said that only one side of the story has been told (as she “Kimberli” also implied in her comment). The ironic thing here is that he’s yet to offer an opposing “side”, view or justification for his comments / actions (Kimberli didn’t either). Ok, that’s not entirely correct, he (BJC) has attempted to give “his side” but hasn’t. He keeps giving interviews but still has given no explanation.
Click below to watch the exclusive full interview WDBJ7 conducted with Billy Joe after he stepped down as Chief of the Buchanan VFD.
Watch WDBJ7 interview… click HERE
Maybe it’s just me but, following that interview; I’m still left with more questions than answers. I wish he could have gotten “his side” of the story out … I’d love to hear it…. I don’t think he did.
In the interview, he said he felt pressured to step down as Chief. He never said where the pressure came from. Was it Ironfiremen.com’s coverage? Was it Botetourt County who asked him to step down? Maybe the Town of Buchanan? Could it have been the editorial staff of the Roanoke Times who said…” An asbestos suit can’t protect Billy Joe Carter from self conflagration ignited by his heated rhetoric and actions” in an article asking that he step down?
See that editorial HERE
As to “Kimberli’s” opening question, “Are you happy now Mr Wines?” …. YES, I am. I am happy “now” and have been for a while. My happiness however is not related to her, BJC, the Buchanan VFD, Botetourt County or any issues surrounding them. I’m a much simpler person. My happiness is centered around, family, friends and health.
Her closing comment … “You Mr Wines are a pathetic, nosey, condescending, spineless internet gangster, who’s alligator mouth often overides his hummingbird ass!” LMAO …well, that’s her opinion and she’s entitled to it. I thank her for sharing it and ask only that next time, she stand behind her comments and sign her name.