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Don't blame others when it's our own fault

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By The Staff

Sometimes, we just don't know what's good for us. But when things go wrong, it's sure easy to blame someone other than ourselves.

A story on today's front page details a problem local officials are facing with residents and their house numbers.

Logically, one would think that posting a house number on one's home would be a no-brainer. But apparently not everyone is thinking logically.

Let's say an individual is injured or becomes ill at home. A 911 call is made with a request for an ambulance. However, EMS workers have difficulty finding the particular home because none of the houses on the street are numbered.

What if it's a life or death situation? Will the family take the blame when Rescue is 15 minutes too late to help? We doubt it. They're going to be grieving for the loss of their loved one.

And if Rescue does arrive in time and help can be given, how fair is it that the individual in the hospital will come home to a letter warning them to post a house number or possibly have a fine levied?

And what about all the other homeowners on the same street? They won't get a letter at all, even though none of them posted their numbers either.

It's not like it's that difficult to post a house number. The E-911 Center is collecting extra numbers that people have donated to provide them to elderly and disabled residents.

In addition, a new machine the County bought to make road signs will also make house number and mailbox signs for residents at a small cost. Call Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers' office at 465-7729 to find out more.

Posting one's house number isn't just the right thing to do. When it's a matter of life or death and every second counts, having a visible house number could end up saving your life or the life of someone you love.

Sometimes a minute is simply that ... a minute. And, sometimes, it's a lifetime.