Don’t require sprinkler retrofits
To prevent our many pedestrian deaths, we should require all vehicles to be retrofitted with automatic braking systems.
You say that would be absurd? Well, even crazier is the proposal to force thousands of residents living peacefully in older high rises to face the high cost (many thousands of dollars) and undue stress of retrofitting their apartments with unsightly sprinklers that aren’t easily accommodated — all the while knowing that highrise fires are extremely rare and the number of lives lost is very, very small compared with most other causes (“Panel urges mandating sprinklers for 150 condos,” Star-Advertiser, Nov. 10). Let’s hope that sanity prevails and the City Council rejects this outrageous proposal to forcibly “protect” residents from an incredibly low-risk “problem” affecting almost nobody.
Geoff Boehm Waikiki