Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Save lives; support levy

I'm 75 years old and in better physical condition than most people my age, but one of these days I'm going to need an ambulance. A good friend's grandson is 10 years old, in great health, but he goes into anaphylactic shock when someone with peanuts gets near him accidentally; often only a paramedic can save him. Most of my friends ski or bike or run and any of those activities may result in a serious accident that will require an ambulance with a paramedic aboard.

All of my friends drive some sort of vehicle and the chance of a vehicle accident in Blaine County is high. You guessed it: An ambulance with a paramedic aboard is likely to be the difference between life and death. The longer the ambulance ride to the emergency room, the more important paramedic-level ambulance response becomes.

On May 27, the Blaine County Ambulance District will ask you to vote yes if you want to maintain the present level of paramedic ambulance service in Blaine County. The cost to each taxpayer is low and the rewards will be high. Please go to to get more details if you want them, but this ambulance district revenue request is so elemental and inexpensive that you can't afford not to vote yes on the ballot question.

Len Harlig

Blaine County

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