HERE are some thoughts from a guy who has given CPR twice and knows the importance of learning the technique.

While I went 50-50 in my efforts, saving one life out of two is better than the average. And that was in the day when mouth-to-mouth was part of the efforts.

But that’s why I was happy to see that Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that requires the Department of Education to provide a curriculum for schools that would teach the compression-only method of CPR that the American Heart Association recommends for sudden cardiac arrest.

And it will also include teaching how to use automatic external defibrillators. 

This is a very important life lesson. While it may never be used, it could save the life of a family member or friend some day.

While Readin’, ‘Ritin and ‘Rithmetic are important, there are a lot of other life lessons that schools could be teaching that will prove useful – like how to handle bank accounts, changing a flat tire, buying a house, or how to punch your brother without your mom finding out.

OK, maybe not the last one. But there are a lot of common sense items that could be laid out for kids so they don’t need to ask Alexa for the answers.

And of course, the CPR training is one of the best. At my age, the life you save could be mine!

I might not be a legal expert — although I sometimes play one in the paper: Doesn’t issuing a subpoena mean you have to show up or be arrested?

We keep hearing and reading about how the U.S. House committees have issued subpoenas to various people, but then nothing happens.

If one of us peons didn’t comply, we would be in handcuffs before the ink was dry on the paper. Then the lawyers would have to work it out, not beforehand like in the current political arena. 

If you are not going to haul somebody in for contempt for not complying with a subpoena why bother to do it? It just makes Congress look ridiculous and weak.

Let’s bid a fond farewell to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders who is leaving the job to move on with her life.

Representing any president at press conferences is a difficult task, but even tougher when you have to answer questions that force you to do a dance around the truth.

Very few press secretaries last the full terms of the presidents anymore, and that is understandable. It is a stress-filled job where you are being peppered by the media and might have to say things you actually don’t believe.

While some press secretaries could handle the media better than she, it is always difficult.

Let’s face it: While the media is definitely not the “enemy of the people” they can be the enemy of the press secretary. 

Happy Father’s Day Sunday to all dads. Anybody can be a father — it’s a biological term — but being a true dad to children is what every family needs. 

LYNN SATERNOW of The Herald writes this column each Saturday for The Opinion Page. He can be reached at