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    Conrad Burns Hates Fireman

    http://www.billingsgazette.net/artic...tteopinion.txt

    Exactly what did the junior senator from Montana say to a group of 20 highly trained front-line Virginia firefighters as they waited for a plane at Billings Logan Airport on July 23?

    The public may never know the whole conversation. The Augusta Hot Shots from the U.S. Forest Service had been fighting a 92,000-acre wildfire in Yellowstone County and were awaiting transportation to their next assignment when they were accosted by Sen. Conrad Burns. From reporting by The Gazette State Bureau and Associated Press, it is known that Burns said enough to cause these professional firefighters to call for help.

    A Montana Department of Natural Resources employee who had been serving as information officer on the fire was dispatched to the airport to hear what Burns had to say. He had plenty to say, none of it constructive, none of it recognizing the heroic efforts of firefighters in this fiery summer. Burns pointed to a firefighter and told the DNRC employee:

    "See that guy over there? He hasn't done a goddamned thing. They sit around. I saw it up on the Wedge fire and in northwestern Montana some years ago. It's wasteful. You probably paid that guy $10,000 to sit around. It's gotta change."


    The quote reveals the senator's approach to dealing with what his apology described as "frustration" after talking to landowners "critical of the way the fire was handled."

    Burns' insulting remarks have caused Montana embarrassment on other occasions. Yet he persists in such conduct unbecoming a U.S. senator, a job that Burns has now held for nearly 18 years.

    The Augusta Hot Shots were already fighting another fire elsewhere in the United States by the time Burns issued a written apology four days later - after the Gazette State Bureau faxed his office a copy of the unedited DNRC report.

    This firefighter team, which was among many emergency crews responding to the World Trade Center disaster site in September 2001, may be under pressure to say nothing about the incident. After all, they work for a federal government agency and U.S. senators have a lot of power over their agency. Furthermore, Burns is a member of the president's party running for re-election.

    Most Montanans are grateful and supportive of firefighters as evidenced by letters in today's Voice of the Reader columns. Burns will have to live with the fallout from his insulting words. He's hurt himself and has nobody to blame but himself.

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    What Conrad Burns knows about firefighting couldn't fill a thimble halfway. He is a corrupt douchebag (and yes, he is a Republican), and what he did to those guys is worse than disgraceful. He is a pandering ignoramus.

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