Mr. Uht needs to apologize to members of the House

Mr. Uht needs to apologize to members of the House

Before thanking the major stakeholders of the "fire merger bill," Mr. Uht should have done some research of the process and what transpired during the last couple of months.

Effectively, there was one House Bill 6311 set forth by Reps. Phillips, MacBeth, Ackerman and myself that incorporated tremendous improvements to the fire merger thus saving Cumberland taxpayers thousands of dollars and protected each individual district. As a result of many long weeks of hard work, discussion and much compromise with town leaders, House Bill 6311 was never deemed to see the light by House leadership. At this point, Sen. Pearson's Bill 0958 was escorted through the General Assembly with no further amendments being accepted nor discussed.

As a state representative of District 57 for the past three years, I have always been committed wholeheartedly to the voters, residents and business owners of my district and the town of Cumberland. I am proud to have been a part and voice of this much needed "fire consolidation merger" into becoming, as Mr. Uht quoted, "a much needed reality."

Mr. Uht, as for your House delegation not being "on board," it brings to mind how much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

James McLaughlin

State Representative District 57