, Newburyport, MA


February 20, 2013

You can't teach common sense

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the recent letters to the editor about restricting our personal movement and our civil liberties. I think both said something about common sense. Well, I want to tell you about common sense: You can’t teach it.

I was a firefighter, EMT and a tow truck operator for many years. I have seen what was called common sense. Cars slammed into trees, rolled over in the median and over embankments, even slammed into other cars. Common sense tells us not to drink and drive, text while driving, talking on the phone, putting on make-up, shaving and reading the paper for just a few. These are many of the things I see every day as I travel the roads and highways of this state.

The police, firefighter EMT and tow truck operators put their lives at risk every day because people don’t use common sense. Not to mention the plow drivers who now have to watch out for that buried car in the snow. The governor was not taking away anyone’s civil liberties or restricting anyone’s movements when he issued an executive order not to drive after 4 p.m. Friday. He was telling everyone who had no common sense to stay home because the people with common sense were already there. The professions I mention should not put in jeopardy because of some thrill seeker not using common sense. The snow and waves at the beach were still there Sunday.

So I would like to thank all the emergency personnel and plow operators who had to work in what Mother Nature dropped on us. If anyone is to blame for restricting your movement, blame her.

Brian Page


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