Thursday, December 9, 2010

OPINION: From The Publisher

Just Thinking Out Loud
By Gary Jaramillo

It’s this time of year when we all seem to think more about everyone staying safe, healthy and prosperous.  We seem to care a little bit more about one another at holiday time. Like clock work in the fall season, people begin to get a little softer and are more willing to sacrifice more for the betterment of their neighbors and even stick their necks out for their neighbors during the holiday season.
But there’s a group of people who feel like this every day of the year and are always there for all of us – no matter what. They work tough hours, they see the very worst in all of us, and they’re willing to jump into the most terrible of situations to help everyone they meet in spite of the stress and dangerous circumstances they face each and every day. Why? Because it is what they have chosen to do in there lives.
They are our firefighters, police officers and the emergency room teams that save lives and rush to our aid 24 hours a day – every day. Whenever a loved one is in desperate need of protection or medical help, they’re always there. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion or holiday for these wonderful people to come running, any time, day or night. It’s a special kind of person that does this type of work. They are people who have decided to put others lives before their own with no questions asked. Firefighters run into burning buildings as we are all running out. Police officers stand between you and the bad guy knowing that it could be his last day alive. Doctors, nurses and techs work feverishly on you or a family member until you go home or there is nothing else that can be done.  
They are on the streets, in a burning building, or in a crowded emergency room, while we are sitting at home in front of our Christmas tree enjoying the moments of the holidays and all of the joy they bring.  We are all having a nice family meal while they haven’t eaten in 12 hours and haven’t had time to even think about food.
This Holiday Season – say a little prayer for those who are willing to be there for you and your family every day of the year. Give thanks that they chose to be who they are, and pray that whoever needs them, meets them in their most desperate hour. May those brave and caring people who sacrifice so much for our safety and welfare each and every day, be blessed and kept from harm always.
The Mountain Mail Staff wishes the police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses and techs a most joyful and safe holiday season and New Year!

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