Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 10
Life Jackets, Please
Every time my postman delivers Blue Ridge Country to
my mailbox I feel like a kid in a candy store!! I can't wait
to unwrap those "sweets" inside!! Pure pleasure!
So I hesitate to complain about any aspect of your
publication, because I feel I am talking negatively about
a friend. But in the last two issues, I have been saddened
to see that you have printed pictures of people enjoying
water sports without wearing life jackets on the paddle
boards (May/June 2017, page 28 and 32) or in the canoe
(July/August 2017, adult on page 37). Water safety is an
important issue, and these pictures, although pretty,
send the wrong message that it's ok to be on or in watercraft without life jackets. I know that you want people
to safely enjoy all the Blue Ridge has to offer, and printing only pictures that show life saving equipment being
worn sends that message, without words.
Maybe I'm just being over cautious, but I can't help
wondering what those two little children in that canoe
would do without their Grandpa or Dad if the canoe
tipped, and he drowned. No one plans to go out and
drown, but it sadly happens when folks don't "need" to
put on their life jackets.
Thank you for letting me offer my opinion. I offer
it only because I care so much about your wonderful
-Jane Herman, Pulaski, Virginia
Mailman Gets Mail!
Just a quick note about how I came to know and use
Blue Ridge Country. Back in the years when I was a mail
carrier here in northeast Alabama, I delivered the magazine to a man along my route named Don Garrett. He
knew I liked the magazine, and so when he was finished
with copies, he would put them back into his mailbox
with my name on them.
He did that for a good long time, and so before we
subscribed, my wife and I would use those issues to plan
trips into the mountains. We still have about 20 issues
from back in the '90s that Don Garrett was kind enough
to sort of mail back to me.
-David Cochran, Fort Payne, Alabama
The correct website for Little Switzerland, North Carolina's Alpine Inn ("'Swiss' Villages in the Mountains,"
July/August) is alpineinnnc.com
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