Picture Tangier differently
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.