“Lawyers holding public office assume legal responsibilities going beyond those of other citizens. A lawyer’s abuse of public office can suggest an inability to fulfill the professional role of attorney.” COMMENT SECTION Rule 4-8.4



Suwannee Democrat
Public Notice
Published on February 16, 2017
Expires on February 22, 2017
ELECTION NOTICE The Town of White Springs will hold a Council Election April 25, 2017 for Two (2) council vacancies. Qualifying begins at noon on March 15, 2017 and ends at Noon, March 21, 2017. Candidates must pick up their packets in person in order to receive filing instructions and information from Town Clerk, Pam Tomlinson. All candidates MUST open a campaign banking account. Packets will be available beginning Thursday, February 23, 2017. Candidates who DO NOT complete all of the qualifying process and paperwork by Noon, March 21, 2017 WILL NOT be on the ballot. Candidates for office shall have been duly registered voters in Hamilton County and must physically reside in the Town of White Springs for Twelve (12) months immediately preceding qualifying. Any person who has been currently deprived of his civil rights through conviction for committing a crime involving a felony or moral turpitude shall not be qualified to hold office. Books close for this election March 27, 2017.


The Florida Bar Inquiry/Complaint Form

PART ONE (See Page 1, PART ONE – Complainant Information.):


Your Name:  Joe E. Griffin

Organization: Retired, Citizen Activist

Address:16589 Mill Street

City, State, Zip Code: White Springs, Florida 32096

Telephone: 386 397 2951

E-mail: godforjoe@gmail.com                                                                    

ACAP Reference No.:                                                                              


Have you ever filed a complaint against a member of The Florida Bar: Yes No:XXX

Does this complaint pertain to a matter currently in litigation?  Yes                                                                                     No XXXX                  


PART TWO (See Page 1, PART TWO – Attorney Information.):

ttorney’s Name: Rhett Bullard, esq.                                                           

Address 100 Ohio Avenue South

City, State, Zip Code: Live Oak, FL 32064                                             

Telephone: 386 362 2040                                                                          


PART THREE (See Page 1, PART THREE – Facts/Allegations.): The specific thing or things I am complaining about are: (attach additional sheets as necessary)

    See attached sheet(s).


“Lawyers holding public office assume legal responsibilities going beyond those of other citizens. A lawyer’s abuse of public office can suggest an inability to fulfill the professional role of attorney.” COMMENT SECTION Rule 4-8.4


(b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;


Mr. Bullard regularly breaks the town Charter of the Town of White Springs and the following Public Statutes: FS 119, FS 286.011, FS 112.313 (6), 839.13, 838.022 and a host of other statutes which will be highlighted in this complaint.


(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation,


He regularly makes False Statements concerning the Town Charter. These false statements (We’re not subject to Roberts Rules of Order for example) plus multiple other statements all having one goal in mind and that is to keep himself and the Town Council from having to take a stand on Citizen Complaints offered by the accuser and others. As such he falsifies (minutes of the Town of White Springs, Florida) public documents, Florida Statute 839.13 and 838.022. He assumes for himself and other council members numerous violations of Florida Statute 112.313(6). He takes for himself and others privileges and rights not available to citizens or even other members of the council. He unilaterally authorized the town manager to work a four day week but when this citizen complained Bullard wouldn’t allow the complaint on the floor of the meeting. Members of the Council are and were unaware of this granting of special favors by Bullard to the Town Manager. Bullard also allows the Town Manager to live “out of town” by about 160 miles when the town charter clearly says it requires a vote of the town council to allow such a policy. It’s in a Citizen Complaint that Bullard won’t allow to be heard.



(d) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law;


He regularly influences improperly a government agency or official (Town of White Springs and associated Council members) with the promise that he will not allow complaining citizen to be heard in the quasi-judicial forum prescribed by the Town Attorney, attached to this filing.


In short Mr. Bullard, a practicing attorney, lies to the Citizens of White Springs by using “tools” he learned from being a member of the Florida Bar. He does so frequently without fear of retribution because he is the Mayor and thus controls the meetings and agenda without citizen input. He is the “King of Darkness” as far as the Sunshine Law (FS 286.011) is concerned. He rules the town and the council like a dictator. His actions were challenged to the State Ethics Board who found proof of his misdeeds but was unable (according to the Rudd Amendment) to make formal ruling. The State Ethics Board said you were a forum that I could appeal to.


Bullard’s actions of denial are in direct opposition to the paid Town Attorney yet Bullard doesn’t care. He gives the Town Attorney a “Black eye” on matters of legal decisions such as how to handle Citizen Complaints.


When Bullard was asked by this citizen what were the procedures for handling Citizen Complaints (even though the clear directives are in the Town Charter and Town Attorney) Bullard turns to a friend of his (a council member from another town) and asks what they do with Citizen Complaints the other person said “WE go to our attorney”. Bullard has already gone to the Town’s Attorney and got a ruling that he, Bullard, didn’t like. Citizen has filed over 30 Citizen Complaints since Mr. Bullard became Mayor of the town and not a one of them was handled in accordance with the town charter. At a recent Town Council meeting complaining citizen was arguing for a hearing on a particular Citizen Complaint, an act not required by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On each of my citizen complaints I state the law (state federal or local) that the supposed guilty party broke. Mr. Bullard said “You want me to admit that we broke the law.” To which I answered “Yep”.


Bullard knows full well what the stakes are yet he continues to fail to follow the town charter. I am not a dumb man but even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then. Yet here we are, 30 complaints in with no Due Process or finding of probable cause. Mr. Bullard does not believe in Due Process for Citizen Complaints and regularly ignores the Constitutions of the U.S. and the State of Florida plus the town charter for the town of White Springs. Due Process is required by quasi-judicial boards and hearings, according to Blacks Legal Dictionary and several legal articles. Bullard doesn’t believe in Due Process in Town affairs especially when the results of a hearing undoubtedly would go against Bullard.               


He regularly comes up with off the cuff rules that keep complaints from being handled or even brought up. He “forces” the other council members to follow his lead. One last point, he oversees a council that votes 98% of the time 5-0. Mr. Bullard would not allow dissent and encourages such unanimity of votes to prove that he is the “King of Darkness”


As a Justice of the Supreme Court said “Sunshine is the best disinfectant for government corruption.” Mr. Bullard fights that premise with every action he takes as Town Mayor.



PART FOUR (See Page 1, PART FOUR – Witnesses.): The witnesses in support of my allegations are: [see attached sheet].


Dr. Helen Miller, Council member, Town of White Springs, P.O. Drawer D, White Springs, Florida 32096 telephone number 386 397 1111.


Lt. Brownfield, Police Lieutenant WSPD, Town of White Springs, P.O. Drawer D, White Springs, Florida 32096 telephone number 386 397 2222.


PART FIVE (See Page 1, PART FIVE – Signature.): Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the foregoing facts are true, correct and complete.



Joe E. Griffin                            

Print Name









  1. Quote of Town Charter 2.04
  2. Note from Town Attorney on Complaint Hearing Procedures
  3. Quasi Judical Body when Judging Citizen Complaints
  4. Note from Town Attorney on Required Use of Roberts Rules of Order
  5. Quote of Town Charter and Roberts Rules of Order
  6. Sample Citizen Complaint no law broken except U.S. Constitution
  7. Sample Citizen Complaint with Town Charter Broken
  8. Definition of Malfeasance per Blacks Legal Dictionary

Proposed Budget Cuts

A List of Republican Budget Cuts
Notice S.S. And the military are NOT on this list.
These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.
Read to the end.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
* Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon ,
eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsid y — $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsi dy — $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.
* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
* U.S.Agency for International Development –$1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers
(such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,
instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL
* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?!
Maybe this is why the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan.
Please Send to everyone you know

What is meant by the modern term referred to as ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’..

What is meant by the modern term referred to as ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’..


The definition is found in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.  The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and Gen Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945..  The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted


(1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945


To: President Harry S Truman

From: General D A MacArthur

Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?


(2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945


To: D A MacArthur

From: H S Truman

Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct! 


(3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945


To: H S Truman

From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz

Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean? 


(4) Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945

To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz

From: H S Truman

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!


Now, with special thanks to the Truman Museum and Harry himself, you and I finally have a full understanding of what ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ really means…..



How to Destroy America

Something here to ponder… Please take the time to read this. Your future depends on it…..
We know Dick Lamm as Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC , filled to capacity by many of America ‘s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, ‘Mexifornia,’ explaining how immigration – both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California . He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America .

The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States . He said, ‘If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America . It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ‘An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.’
‘Here is how they do it,’ Lamm said:
‘First, to destroy America , turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi-cultural country… History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: ‘The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.’ Canada , Belgium , Malaysia , and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims.’
Lamm went on:
‘Second, to destroy America , invent ‘multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
‘Third, we could make the United States an ‘Hispanic Quebec ‘ without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: ‘The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.’ Lamm said, ‘I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.’
‘Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, un-assimilated, under-educated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.’
‘My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ‘Victimology…’ I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority.’
‘My sixth plan for America ‘s downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other – that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games A common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. ‘E. Pluribus Unum’ — From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the ‘pluribus’ instead of the ‘Unum,’ we will ‘Balkanize’ America as surely as Kosovo.’
‘Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of ‘diversity.’ I would find a word similar to ‘heretic’ in the 16th century – that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like ‘racist’ or ‘xenophobe’ halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bi-cultural country, having established multi-culturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of ‘Victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.’
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, ‘Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis’s book ‘Mexifornia.’ His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America . If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don’t read that book.’
There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate ‘diversity.’ American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America Take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell’s book ‘1984.’ In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: ‘War is peace,’ ‘Freedom is slavery,’ and ‘Ignorance is strength.’
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don’t get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.
If you care for and love our country as I do, take the time to pass this on just as I did for you.
NOTHING is going to happen if you don’t!

Viagra Ad at Doctor’s Office

I’m sure that you have seen pharmaceutical advertising in doctor’s offices on everything from tissues to note pads.

Well, in my book this one should get the prize!



I emailed this to my Chinese doctor friend.

He e-mailed back:
If light stay on for more than 4 hour, call erect-trician.





















How Certain Officials have affected White Springs



  • Rhett Bullard allowed our Town Manager to work a four day week in lieu of a five day plus work week without Council approval costing the citizens $11,000 for the first year.


  • Rhett Bullard allowed our Town Manager to breach her contract and the Town Charter by letting our Town Manager live in Orange City and commute to White Springs; without council approval. When Rhett Bullard was caught in a lie that our Town Manager had doctor’s appointments every Monday for a year, his face turned red, speaking frantically especially when he found he was being recorded.


  • The Florida Ethics committee stated that the complaint made against Rhett Bullard may indicate a possible violation of Section 112.313(6) but the Rudd Amendment did not allow the ethics committee to proceed because the complaint concerned internal managerial employment issues of the Town, better suited to be addressed by the Town Council or forums other than the Commission on Ethics. Since Rhett Bullard is in collusion with Council Woman Tonja Brown and Councilman Willie Jefferson, Bullard escaped any disciplinary actions.


  • Rhett Bullard and Tonja Brown do not consider the Children of White Springs a priority. Former Mayor Helen Miller and former Superintendent of Schools Tom Moffses secured the Department of Juvenile Justice Invest in Children funding which Rhett Bullard, Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson along with our Town Manager delayed action and votes so that we lost our funding of some $60,000 for the after school program..


  • Two years prior when Rhett Bullard was running for office, he indicated to the council that the Sewer Bill had to be reduced by $5.00 a month. It was reduced because your vote is worth only $5.00 a month.


  • Joe Griffin provided a budget which Rhett Bullard and Tonja Brown ignored. The budget would have saved $100,000 so that the Citizen’s sewer rate could be reduced dramatically or it could have been used to make necessary repairs.  These two officials do not wish to reduce the sewer rate because they would prefer using thousands of dollars from the Sewer and Water Fund to have more money in the General Fund. 


  • Because some of our water pipes may contain asbestos per a former councilman, there needs to be sewer and water piping repairs. The Town was attempting to secure a $3,000,000 grant loan but the Town required $250,000 from the HCDA since they were unable to save money from the Sewer and Water account.  At the meeting Joe Griffin provided information on how prior money was squandered on projects that did not benefit all the citizens.  Griffin stated that the HCDA should provide the $250,000 with a condition that the Town should reduce the sewer rate.  One Board Member said White Springs did not have skin in the game.  Yet Rhett Bullard is the attorney for the HCDA and his aunt has provided money previously.  The HCDA only provided $25,000 the following year.  Our Sewer rate never was reduced, and with the Council using the high sewer rates in the general fund, the sewer and water repairs will not be done.


  • The Carver School is listed as a Historic Site in the State of Florida. Yet, even though the asbestos has been removed and the school could be renovated, Rhett Bullard, our Town Manager and Tonja Brown have set the Carver School up for demolition in an application to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity ( DEO) for a FFY 2016 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $600,000 in the neighborhood revitalization  categoryNone of the Published Notices stated that in order to build the Community Center, the Carver School would have to be demolished.


  • Rhett Bullard and Tonja Brown made certain the Citizens were not asked what their needs may be and the Citizen’s Advisory Task Force (CATF) meeting of 12/19/2016 as well as the first public hearing were advertised in the Gainesville Sun so there would be no public participation. The CATF nor the notice of Public Hearing stated a Community Center would be built if we received the Grant award.   The Second public hearing was advertised in the Lake City Reporter and indicated the specifications of a community center but DID NOT STATE THE CARVER SCHOOL WOULD HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED It was intentional to not include the notices in the Jasper News, on the part of Rhett Bullard, Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson to ascertain a community center would be built on the site of the Carver School.  This proves the Citizens have no voice, only the officials.


  • Ms Tonja Brown has never made a decision on her own but instead works in conjunction with Rhett Bullard and Willie Jefferson outside of the Sunshine Laws of the State of Florida (Not at meetings). Brown treats other Citizens poorly and will even fight for chairs and tables, treating the individual who rented the Community Center poorly. What has she done for you?.


  • Rhett Bullard feels no one has a constitutional right to state their grievances and follows only the laws which he feels are beneficial. Even though the Town Charter and the Town Attorney have stipulated Roberts’Rules of Order must be followed, Rhett chooses to ignore the Law.  When told that Complaints which pertain to the Law must be read in accord with Roberts’ Rules of Order, Rhett Bullard simply stated “You want us to admit we are not following the Law?”.  That  states an abundance about Rhett Bullard honesty and ethics.Lawyers holding public office assume legal responsibilities going beyond those of other citizens. A lawyer’s abuse of public office can suggest an inability to fulfill the professional role of attorney.”  This is in accordance with the Florida Bar.



I am disappointed in the Citizens who did not see fit to support their Volunteer Fire Fighters

The White Springs Volunteer Fire Department had their first pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:00-10.00 am at the Wild Azalea Festival on Saturday March 18, 2017.

Our Fire Chief Kevin Pittman has recruited an amazing group of fire fighters including those who are in the White Springs PD.  Again there seems to be a camaraderie that I have not seen in years.  The Fire Chief is a paramedic as are others in the volunteer fire department and our Volunteer Fire Fighters have not only gone out on Fire Calls but have provided necessary medical assistance to our citizens, Hamilton County and I understand possibly in Columbia County.

What I do not understand, however, is how few attended the Pancake Breakfast to support our Volunteer Fire Fighters.  These men and women are heroes who are not paid but who are willing to save your businesses, your homes and your lives.

Our fire Chief is not paid hardly a pittance of his worth and abilities which include being an educator in fire fighting.  Those who are volunteers, unlike other volunteer fire fighters do not receive reimbursement personally for their work.   It was difficult for the Town to finally agree that any donations to the fire department would go to the fire fighters rather than the Town of White Springs.  So by not supporting our fire fighters, it seems as though you do not care. I bet that if you have a fire or a medical emergency, you will think twice about supporting these fine heroes.

Therefore, in my opinion, you did a disservice by not attending their pancake breakfast, which was not only delicious but would assist our Fire Department with donations they sorely need.  

Joe and I do not wake up early for anything, but knowing the value of our fire fighters, we made certain we attended the breakfast.

Until the Town decides that our Fire Fighters are important and finally pay our Fire Chief an actual salary for his services and pay each of the volunteers a certain sum of money for each call, we need to support these heroes.


Again, I am totally disappointed in the citizens of White Springs who won’t even make an effort to donate some money for a great breakfast which these Fire Fighters provided.    If there is another event, you’d better consider how valuable a service is provided to you at hardly a cost to you and attend the event so our Fire Fighters may receive the donations and recognition they deserve.

Thank you for the fantastic breakfast.

Karin for the blog