Merced Fire Chief’s political talent shines
"We've been more conservative on our approach of what's considered dangerous," Merced Fire Mike McLaughlin was quoted as replying to a question by a Sun-Star reporter about the fire hazard of tall weeds in vacant lots and on the lawns of empty houses left over from the Great Foreclosure.
"We've been more conservative on our approach of what's considered dangerous," he said. It is worth repeating the quote because rarely have we seen important words like “conservative” and “dangerous” rendered so meaningless as these coming out of the mouth of this political fireman. If he keeps blathering like this in public he’ll soon be in charge of CalFire, perhaps only a stepping stone toward a federal career.--blj