Although I have not traveled around the world, I have lived on this earth for almost 69 years. According to Google, there has never been a statue erected for a critic.
I have listened to people complain and whine about the siren in Strasburg for many moths and thought it not a serious issue. Well, according to the paper, it must be on people's minds more than I realized.
When this siren goes off, it means someone's in a life-threatening situation. Now, stop and think outside the box, if you please. If this were you and the siren meant that a firefighter could be there several minutes or even seconds sooner and might save your life or someone very dear to you, how would you view it?
These brave men and women put their lives on the line to save a life without pay, and if that is what it takes, so be it. A firefighter might be in church, and if the siren goes off, that means he or she doesn't have to have the pager on to disrupt the service. They simply get up and leave.
I'm sure the department will continue to give us good service, and for this I am grateful. They have come to my aid more than once.
How about stopping to say a prayer for the person in trouble and the safety of the responders when you hear it? The siren could give you that opportunity. Since prayer has been outlawed in public, you can do this in private.
A comment was made about how pagers don't always work. How true that is. How many times has your cell phone failed and you miss a call? Is it 100 percent reliable? Of course not. Keep up the good work, you brave men and women. Someone complained that it gave them a headache? Was it there before? It's like moving close to an airport and complaining about the noise. Get over it already.
Early Cutlip, Strasburg