Friday, July 18, 2008
Red Flag Days
Here in our beach communities red flags are posted along the beaches when surf conditions make swimming dangerous. Usually the conditions produce rip currents, which are a major danger and cause for drowning. The flags are put up for the protection of the public.
Yesterday most of our municipalities put up the flags. I have no doubt that lives were saved in those town. Two towns did not, and in one of them a man drowned. In those towns the government failed to protect the public, most of whom are from out of town and really don't understand the dangers of rough seas. After all, they paid a lot of money to vacation here and by God, they want to swim in the ocean.
Giving out warnings isn't fun. Someone will always protest. "But I'm a good swimmer." "Isn't this a free country?", or some other stupid rationale. Those who are in positions of authority and knowledge have a responsibility to err on the side of caution and to take the heat for making the tough choice and putting out the flags.
To do anything less is negligent on the part of those who are entrusted with that responsibilty. Human life is of greater value than any other cause.
Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of comparisons could be made here to the church...