• Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I just attended a free class given by the Mount Pleasant Fire Department that provides an American Heart Association overview of CPR Training and First Aid Training. It was supplemented with “hands-on” exercises and was supervised by a one of the department’s trained EMTs. Considering the fact that the population profile and demographics show a trend toward an older population in Mount Pleasant, you would hope that more residents would take advantage of this training, particularly the CPR portion of the course, which only involves a three-hour morning commitment on a Saturday.

Our fire department answers calls for both fires and medical emergencies, but it should be pointed out that something like 70 percent or more of the calls are for medical emergencies and many of them involve some form of cardiac-related problem.

Fires can be doused, and insurance can rebuild, but if someone in your home has had a serious cardiac episode, every minute counts even with the excellent response time of the EMTs from the fire department.

For a few hours out of one Saturday, you will leave with knowledge that could very well save the life of your loved ones, a neighbor, a fellow employee or even a stranger on the street - isn’t that worth it?

Call the Mount Pleasant Fire Department or go on the internet site, www.tompsc.com, for more information.

Seymour Rosenthal

Mount Pleasant

P.S. First Aid training is added as supplemental training during a two-hour afternoon period following the morning CPR course and a break for lunch.

Do not discount the importance of this training.

Your loved ones, friends, fellow employees and even strangers on the street or in an auto accident, can easily suffer serious problems and even death from literally every activity that goes on in the course of your 24/7 lives. Knowing what to do can make a difference.


When I retired from the Moultrie News, I wrote in my farewell column on August 22, 2007: “To my successor Sully Witte - you have worked hard to reach your dream of becoming editor of your hometown newspaper. Fly as high as your wings will carry you. It is your time to shine.”

I know talent when I see it, and you have made my wish for you, and for the paper, come true.

Congratulations on your S.C. Press Association awards.

Bill Walker

Sullivan’s Island

P.S. Now would be a pretty good time to ask your boss for a raise.

Food stamps

I was disturbed to read Sully Witte’s editorial in the April 3 edition of the Moultrie News. I found the tone to be divisive, polarizing those of us fortunate to have enough and then some, against those who have so little that they need assistance in order to eat.

I am certain that the SNAP program is abused by some. I do not believe for a minute, though, that most people who receive government assistance to help buy groceries for their family find it “satisfying and easy to live off the dole.”

I would second John Narkunas’s suggestion (letter to the Moultrie News, April 10) that Mrs. Witte take the SNAP challenge.

The editor might also consider if she would like to trade places, in terms of employment and housing, with those she seems to see as undeserving of compassion; I cannot imagine that she would find it satisfying or easy.

There are two films which anyone interested in learning more about the complex issues surrounding hunger and poverty in America would find enlightening: “A Place At the Table” and a Frontline episode, “Poor Kids.”

Any one of us may find ourselves in sudden need of help and will be fortunate, indeed, to receive it from our family, church, community or government.

There really should be no Us vs. Them, when it comes to the need for human compassion during times of struggle.

Carol Oates

Mount Pleasant

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