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Money not well spent
The Watson City Council has been trying to get out of a long-term fire fighting protection contract for over two months prior to the recent controversy.

Once again, the dispute revolves around Watson’s financial problems and not for any other reason.

Members of the City Council were supposed to have a meeting with the Watson Fire Fighters. When they found out the recent information, they failed to show up for the negotiations.

The city of Watson has chosen to litigate a contract and spend thousands of dollars hiring an attorney instead of honoring the fire contract that has been in place for over 12 years. They are more interested in spending money on attorney fees instead of protecting the citizens.

The citizens of Watson need to ask how much are they spending for an attorney out of the area who has no connection to the city.

—Roy Erickson
Watson Community Fire Fighters Inc.