Don’t publish pictures of dangerous behavior
When I opened the paper today, I was stunned to see a donated picture of a girl, Abbie Fowler, standing on a reef with a smashing wave behind her. Stunned.
The island has too many deaths caused by just such a scene: tourists unaware of the power of waves and risking their lives for a dramatic picture!
People who take these risks not only endanger themselves but also the rescuers. Their lives are risked every time someone does this and drowns.
I am objecting very strongly to depicting these types of dangerous activities which only incite others to duplicate them. The newspaper has a responsibility to our rescuers and visitors not to encourage dangerous behavior. Many lives are impacted by these actions.
Please adopt a policy of not accepting or printing such pictures.
Judith Fernandez, Kapaa
Roads not wide enough for bikes, cars
In addition to Sunday’s TGI letter, “Cyclists, please pay attention,” cyclist should be riding on the shoulder single file with traffic, especially where there is a guard rail and overgrowth.
Our shoulders are not wide enough to support them (cyclists) to ride side by side. It causes less space (new law to create space between the cyclist and the driver’s vehicle mirror; at least a foot and a half or more), causing the driver to drive close or cross over the center line of the highway.
If there is a wide load oncoming in the opposite direction, there is no way a driver can move over to create the space needed. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
Howard Tolbe, Eleele