7.15.2005

Rage-aholic.

I have just learned that The Lapeer County EMS threatened to pull their support and involvement with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s program, previously called “Jail and Bail,” because, out of 150 participants, they were not one of the handful mentioned in an LA View article.

To be frank and admittedly crude, this pisses me off.

This is too many shades of loathsome for me to adequately describe.

The MDA event, wherein people are “arrested” and must post bail (funds raised for the MDA) to be let out, is a charitable event. It is not about personal or professional recognition, it is not a pissing contest to see who has the most wealth to throw at a cause for a photo op—it is for those less fortunate than oneself.

What The Lapeer County EMS is doing is false philanthropy, and I don’t even understand it. They are an ambulance service and do not need free advertising. If I am lying bleeding in a ditch, I can’t call around to get the best deal on my life.

Who are they trying to impress by this random act of immaturity?

Our article, written by Rosemary Arnholt, listed a handful and mentioned they were just a sampling of the 150. While it is nice to recognize those that do good works, if a person or organization does so for the sole purpose of recognition, it is no longer generosity. It is glory hounding, showboating, arrogant self-promotion.

And, for this perceived slight, the EMS was going to punish a non-profit organization that is doing it’s best to help those afflicted with a terrible disease. A company which services the public, which provides emergency medical assistance, is making a section of the population with a degenerative health condition suffer. Hypocrisy. Idiocy.

I have felt badly for the company in the past, believing weakness in accounting and a lack of funds to be damaging a worthwhile local business.

But they are worthless; a company to whom the public good should be precedent, and which represents itself with arrogance, bullying and immaturity does not deserve to exist.

One note, the man responsible for all of this nonsense is the director Galland Burnham. Perhaps the other employees are good people, but their spokesperson and representative has acted like an unmitigated ass.

My editor has since convinced them to honor their previous promise to the MDA.

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