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Lifejackets for children

While Paul Walker’s admonishment to Big Brothers Big Sisters to have children wear life jackets may seem like great advice, his inaccurate interpretation of the picture in The Union creates a disservice to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

I was a chaperone on this outing. The picture shows some children on the dock waiting to board the fishing boats. They were surrounded by adults at that point. Every child on the trip was required to wear a life jacket at all times while in the boats.

There was no swimming involved. Between the boat owners and adult chaperones, it was virtually a one-to-one ratio of adult to child. Safety was of paramount importance. Fun came second.



The most unfortunate result of Mr. Walker’s letter is that those having read it, who do not see this letter, will forever think Big Brothers Big Sisters runs a slipshod organization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their very professional staff and board have extensive policies and procedures to provide physical and emotional protection for the children in the program.

Be very thoughtful before taking a careless slapshot at any organization.




Alan Archer

Grass Valley


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