Keith followed up on the story of the Tennessee house fire where firefighters watched as the home of Gene Cranick burned to the ground. The family has been reluctant to take donations but apparently has decided to now. Here's the information for anyone that would like to help the family out.
Gene or Mildred Paulette Cranick
C/O Heritage Bank
PO Box 1410
Fulton, KY 14041
Keith talked to Gene's son Todd about the reaction of those like Glenn Beck who basically said the family got what they deserved for not paying the fee. Keith and Mr. Cranick talked about what the solution is to make sure this never happens again and they both got it wrong. Taxes should go to pay for these services plain and simple. Fire protection should never be something that's allowed to be either privatized or optional.
Keith also asked Todd Cranick about the decision to accept the donations and the fact that their insurance is going to pick up the bulk of the costs. He said he told his father that if they receive more money than they need to recover their losses, he should donate that money to another cause such as the Red Cross or other organizations and not feel bad about accepting the help. I would imagine those words played a large part in his decision to finally decide to set up the fund. I'm glad Keith followed up on this since there were so many people wanting to help the family out.
It's too bad stories like this aren't resonating more largely with our communities and our politicians about why our health care system should not be privatized either.