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Morning Lineup – January 3

Firegeezer Introduces New Features of the Website

It’s a New Year and a “New Look” for the website.  Unless somebody is reading this to you over the phone, you have already noticed one change in our presentation.  Beginning today almost every posting will be headed with a banner that identifies the writer along with a hint of what type of subject matter will be covered.

We are doing this primarily for the readers’ benefit so that you will know immediately whose contribution you are reading.  Also you will see that the new headers will have a variation of color combinations for the background and lettering.  This is just a visual treat that will add a fresh look to the website and help distinguish our “face” from other websites.

Along with this revised appearance we are gradually expanding our focus by adding more contributors who have a lot of interesting things to tell us.  Our purpose is to bring in a wider variety of viewpoints that will see the same topics from a different perspective from each other.  You may have noticed recently that some new contributors have appeared such as The Chief Engineer and the unique thoughts from The Chief, Glenn Gaines who is the acting-Chief Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration.  Over the next couple of weeks we will be intrducing a few others who, I think you’ll agree, will add to the flow of ideas and news that we already have and will continue.

We won’t be changing what we’re doing, only expanding it and hopefully making it more informative and enriching your visits.  Don’t worry, we will still be keeping you up-to-date on Dollar Store events and Moose Reports.  Watch us for a few weeks and then let me know what you think.

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I’m going to add in a brief news item here and tell you that President Obama signed the bill into law last night that expands the medical coverage of the 9/11 workers who have suffered from the effects of search efforts at the World Trade Center disaster.

There was a lot of mis-information sent out when the Senate initially failed to pass the bill last month.  The Republican members of the Senate had already said that they would prevent every bill brought up during the “lame duck” session from passing until the Senate first voted on two other critical bills, the extension of the tax-rate reductions and the continuing resolution on the budget.  Once that happened, then the 9/11 responders bill sailed through with wide support from both parties and it is now law.

It’s almost law, too, that we have to check out our trucks and equipment every day, so let’s get started with that while I go make some more coffee.  This is Monday, so we’ve got a lot of stuff to do.  See you back in the day room in a little while.

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