The Blame Game

Regarding the tragedy that occurred the other day,  Newsday is running an ‘opinion’ piece that happens to be on the second page of the printed paper. The article, written by Joye Brown, is basically laying all the blame on the City of Long Beach.  I already gave my opinion and I plan on emailing it to Joye. Feel free to do the same: joye.brown@newsday.com.

Why am I so adamant about this? Well, the incompetence of the few involved (namely the teachers) could potentially stop me from taking my after work dip when the lifeguards aren’t on duty. I love my afterwork dip. I can swim & I assume all responsibility when I do swim.

Newsday: Brown: Long Beach backed off policy

Two years ago, after a spate of drownings during a season of strong rip currents, the city of Long Beach drew a line in the sand.
Officials moved to a zero-tolerance policy midseason and aggressively moved people out of the water when lifeguards went off duty.
What happened to that policy? What happened to the police and code enforcement officers whose job it was to keep people out of the water?

June 24, 2010 By JOYE BROWN joye.brown@newsday.com

Two years ago, after a spate of drownings during a season of strong rip currents, the city of Long Beach drew a line in the sand. Officials moved to a zero-tolerance policy midseason and aggressively moved people out of the water when lifeguards went off duty. What happened to that policy? What happened to the police and code enforcement officers whose job it was to keep people out of the water?

In other news, somebody got shot in the Wyandanch. How come a police officer wasn’t there to stop this from happening? What’s that? The police can’t be everywhere all the time? Oh….

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