warehouse a couple of years ago, the Daily Pilot has chosen to paint
Fire Marshal Tom MacDuff as the bad guy in this issue. Not since the
days of the Roman Empire have we chosen to kill the messenger who
bears the bad news.
MacDuff did not write the code. The fire code was written by
intelligent people with years of lifesaving experience who set out to
write a code that's designed to prevent the types of tragedies like
those in Chicago and Rhode Island. MacDuff is charged with the
weighty burden of enforcing our codes.
If your son or daughter gets home safe on any given day, be it
from the supermarket, the nail salon or a nightclub, you may owe the
experience to hard-working individuals like MacDuff. For an example
of what happens to fire marshals and inspectors who don't uphold the
codes, please stay tuned to the lawsuits that are popping up in
Chicago and Rhode Island.
Exiting requirements are at the very core of life safety issues.
They must not be overlooked, or swept under the carpet in any way,
just so a group of people can listen to some music and down a
martini. You won't read about it in the paper if 200 people get home
safe tonight, but you will if they all die a needless fiery death
because they couldn't get out of a blazing inferno.
I haven't met Perkins, but I feel as though I now know all I need
to about him. The same can be said of James Raven and Gary Monahan. I
am inclined to suggest to these people the old adage: It is better to
keep your mouth shut and avoid being suspected an idiot, than to open
it and remove all doubt.
No trouble balancing Catholicism, patriotism
I must admit I have been rather surprised with all the rhetoric
about the alleged schism among Catholicism, the pope and Iraq. There
are no inconsistencies here: As an Irish Catholic, I recognize the
pope as the spiritual head of the Catholic Church. He is the
religious leader for the world's Catholics.
I also recognize that President Bush is the commander in chief of
the nation's armed forces and the leader of the United States. He is
directly responsible for the safety and well being of this nations