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Opinion

February 28, 2013

The common good comes first

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Brian Page’s letter (“You can’t teach common sense,” Feb. 20). Thank you! You hit the nail on the head. I remember one of the nuns I had always saying, “There is nothing so uncommon as common sense” (and it’s becoming more uncommon as time goes by). I agree that Governor Patrick had to make sure people were safe and this meant making a common-sense decision for those who can’t do it on their own. (Governor Dukakis did the same in 1978.)

More and more, people think that their personal desires take precedence over the common good. You can’t even walk on the sidewalks in winter anymore because so few people shovel (except for the 2-foot wide path from their front door to the car in their driveway). Years ago, almost everyone went right out after a storm to clear their sidewalks; not for themselves but so that people in the neighborhood could get around safely. We also shoveled out the hydrants.

He was correct that it is not the job of rescue workers to put their own lives in danger because of the selfishness and thoughtlessness of others. And the right of one person’s freedom of movement should not come at the expense of the safety of many.

Kathleen M. Raywood

Newburyport

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