Pic­ture Tang­ier dif­fer­ently

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Yes, the photograph of a di­lap­i­dated struc­ture with the oth­er­wise in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle on Tang­ier, Va., was ar­rest­ing, but it se­verely mis­rep­re­sented re­al­ity on Tang­ier Is­land [“A sink­ing is­land in search of a life raft,” Metro, Sept. 3]. In my 129 vis­its to the is­land in the past 43 years, I have seen a few aban­doned and ru­ined houses but none like the wreck shown in one of the pho­tos with the ar­ti­cle.

The struc­ture in ques­tion, prob­a­bly a crab shack, was built on pil­ings, which most likely had been washed away. In fact, most of the homes and busi­nesses, and es­pe­cially the school, churches and the new clinic in Tang­ier, are ex­cep­tion­ally clean and in ob­vi­ously good re­pair.

I’m afraid the photo, which I’m guess­ing was taken from a boat on the way to the pier, was cho­sen just to il­lus­trate a pre­con­ceived view of the facts.

I do thank The Post for an­swer­ing two ques­tions I’ve had. Now I know the rea­son for the prom­i­nent Is­raeli flag on the is­land and who flies it.

Sa­muel V. Smith, Ar­ling­ton


A res­i­dent of Tang­ier, Va., makes her way to the post of­fice on Aug. 17. Lo­cal lead­ers worry that Tang­ier Is­land could soon be lost to shore ero­sion.

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