It was recently announced that a joint effort of the Moultrie YMCA and the local chapter of the American Red Cross will offer cardio pulmonary resuscitation classes (CPR) that are directed toward the Hispanic community.

So, it was only a matter of a few days before a few people complained that this is more money being directed to a mostly illegal portion of our local residents. Such sentiments came in a couple of phone calls to this newspaper.

Fortunately for the testament of our community integrity, it was not an onslaught of malignant thinking. Such obtuse and erroneous thinking is not unexpected, however. It was bound to happen.

First, let’s note that CPR is about saving lives. It is not about whether someone is legal or illegal. The basic elements of humanitarian conscience trump the latter.

Having anyone in our community trained in life-saving practices is a good thing — a gigantic plus.

Let’s just say that you are traveling along a county highway and all of a sudden a member of your family collapses from a heart attack. Along comes a truck of migrant workers and they stop to see what is wrong. One of these workers happens to be well trained in CPR. So, are you going ask, “Can you please help?” Or will you ask, “Are you legal or illegal?”

This should not even be a matter for discussion. But apparently there are those among us whose lives have never been put into proper perspective by such common denominators as events that define living and dying.

We applaud the efforts to have anyone trained in CPR.

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