Don’t charge to en­joy wa­ter­falls

RE: Keep a light touch on water­fall se­cu­rity (June 14)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

While I agree that you have to think about people’s safety, as well as the ex­pense that goes with res­cu­ing a per­son, I can’t help but feel that charg­ing an en­trance fee for these beau­ti­ful scenic ar­eas is the wrong route to take.

There are so very few places a per­son can go to en­joy na­ture, open space and ex­er­cise with­out a cost. Isn’t that our right as a so­ci­ety to be able to go ‘out­side’ in the for­est for free? It made me sad to think that if you start charg­ing for this, then some fam­i­lies may no longer be able to en­joy these open spa­ces and time with their fam­i­lies.

The RBG is one place that many in our own back­yard can’t af­ford to visit of­ten, if ever, due to the cost. It is bad enough that you now, or plan to, charge for park­ing in these ar­eas, but to charge ad­mis­sion? Do you re­ally think that will stop the mi­nor­ity of stupid in­di­vid­u­als do­ing these stupid things?

Please try to find an­other way so the ma­jor­ity is not pun­ished for the be­hav­iour of the mi­nor­ity. As harsh as it may sound, why not charge the in­jured per­son some por­tion of the rescue at­tempt? Shouldn’t they shoul­der some of the fi­nan­cial bur­den? What is the point of pro­mot­ing the ‘beauty of Hamil­ton’ if you can’t af­ford to en­joy the beau­ti­ful spots! M. Hickey, Hamil­ton

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