The nanny state has truly arrived when Placer County government is ready to pay residents $25 each to put more legible house numbers on their dwellings. (“House address critical to response times” in the Spet. 5 Sierra Sun.)
Although the goal of making residences easier to find for emergency responders is laudable, the motivation and cost for this effort should be born entirely by the residents themselves. Can’t we all take care of ourselves with regard to something as basic as putting legible numbers on our homes?
Residents with inappropriate house numbers have chosen to place themselves and their families at risk. They have had the choice of buying six or seven fewer lattes or renting six or seven fewer movie DVDs or fixing their house numbers. They have obviously chosen the lattes and DVDs.
What’s next, a $10 stipend from Placer County to all families so that we can purchase bandages to use when we skin our knees?
I saw the death of Mr. Queen from our boat. With me were my two sons, ages 10 and 5. (“Body recovered from Lake Tahoe,” Sierra Sun Sept. 6). I have to tell you that it was a tragedy that did not have to happen. Mr. Queen was obviously more concerned about whether the rope was secure or strong enough to take his weight, and seemed to have little understanding of how the surface of the water would act from a height of 50 feet. He hit the water with his body horizontal. If the internal injury was not bad enough, he could easily have been unconscious underwater with the breath knocked out of him.
I am surprised the rope was allowed to even be there and had not been removed by authorities or that warnings were not posted. We saw nothing notifying us of any danger. The area looks more accessible from the water than the trailhead. If I were the Queens, I would ask that a memorial be erected there to warn others of the dangers at Rubicon Cliffs, should they feel the need to do the same as their son did.
It was a senseless death. My sons and I had a long conversation on the way home about life and death lessons.
My deepest sympathy to the Queen family.
Corta Madera, Calif.
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