Our Voice: We're thankful for heads that stay cool in a crisis

Today we're grateful for people who have trained their brains to respond in crisis and those who are willing to open their minds and learn new things.

Rendering aid

Saturday's Tri-City Herald reported an accident near Hermiston where a nurse saw a vehicle drive off the road and roll at least twice. Two people stopped to help. The nurse performed CPR on a 15-year-old passenger until the ambulance arrived.

In the same paper was an update of a man who was seriously injured when he and his girlfriend were hit by a train. She was killed and his survival may be because someone stopped and applied a tourniquet to his heavily bleeding arm.

In both cases someone had proper, life-saving training and the quick reaction to put it into action.

Most of us have sat through a first-aid seminar or a CPR class. In the comfort of the classroom, the emergency you're training for seems remote. It's worth asking ourselves, do we really know how to save someone's life?

Today we're grateful for the people who know what to do in an emergency and for the clarity of thought that allows them to do it under pressure.

'Messiah' sing-in

For 30 years, Central United Protestant Church provided the Mid-Columbia with a performance of Handel's Messiah. Their last performance was 2011.

Last year, the Mastersingers picked up that tradition, and they are expanding it this year to include a sing-a-long.

We're grateful for the tradition.

We appreciate the 30-year legacy from CUP. We also appreciate the Mastersingers' determination to keep providing this Christmas tradition and we're excited to see the cooperation among six different churches and some other community partners to bring the sing-a-long to fruition.

If you want to sing with the chorus, mark your calendar for Dec. 7. Tickets to the 2 p.m. sing-along are $5 and $10 for the 7 p.m. event. If you want to sit back and enjoy the Mastersingers' performance, plan to attend at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The cost is $20. Both events are at Faith Assembly in Pasco. Tickets are available at Ted Brown Music and the Tri-City Academy of Ballet

Calling all nerds

A new voice in social media circles is calling to middle and high school students who are curious about science. It's also targeting those who are not science-minded.

Sometimes a little curiosity goes a long way.

This site, sparticl.org, has local interest because a Richland teenager is one of 14 students from around the country who helped with the initial input and design.

Naveena Bontha calls the site "Facebook for nerds" but concedes that it's interesting to a wide base. Even the not-so-nerdy will be drawn to it.

We hope that's true. When we limit our exposure to new things, we often miss out.