From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

OUR deep­est sym­pa­thies go to the fam­i­lies and friends of all those in­volved in the hor­rific bus crash on Shute Har­bour Road this week.

When tragedy strikes it is al­ways heartwrench­ing but in a com­mu­nity as small as ours it is par­tic­u­larly hard to bear.

There are so many of us who knew some­one – ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly, who was on that bus.

Hope­fully the loved ones of those in­jured and the peo­ple who have them­selves now been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, know that the whole com­mu­nity is think­ing of them and will­ing them to re­cover.

Of course for one fam­ily re­cov­ery is not pos­si­ble and for an­other their loved one’s life still hangs in the bal­ance.

To the fam­ily of 19-year-old Casey Stin­son, who trag­i­cally lost his life, we know words can­not ex­press what you are feel­ing right now.

And to the fam­ily of 17-year-old Matt Ed­wards, who is still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the Townsville Hos­pi­tal, we are pray­ing for you.

To the fam­ily and friends of the 42year-old Cannon Val­ley man who died at sea yes­ter­day, our thoughts are with you also.

It’s im­por­tant in this deeply up­set­ting time that the com­mu­nity re­mains united and ral­lies be­hind each other.

Please keep a look­out for your friends and neigh­bours and if some­one you know is feel­ing low, en­cour­age them to talk.

On that mat­ter and be­yond the ter­ri­ble events of this week, there are al­ways places to go for help. The tide charts in­serted in to­day’s

Whit­sun­day Times are there to make use of when­ever you need some­one to lis­ten.

We sin­cerely hope they help. Sharon Small­wood Editor

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