It breaks my heart when I hear that a youngster has drowned in a family pool. Well the drowning season has begun: Two infant boys, one a 1-year-old and the other a 2-year-old, reportedly fell into family pools last Friday.
First, the younger boy fell in a traditional in-ground pool in the 17100 block of Danbury Avenue. Despite attempts to resuscitate the younger, he was pronounced dead after being transported to Desert Valley Medical Center.
In the second incident in the 7000 block of Alston Avenue, a 2-year-old boy had fallen into an above-ground pool. Firefighters started CPR and the child also was transported to Desert Valley where he was listed in critical condition late Friday night.
Libertarian principle says that people should be free of most government intervention. We who believe in limited government don't appreciate the I-know-what's-best-for-you approach of bigger-government do-gooders. But the truth is that the boy who died might be alive today if there were stricter guidelines on pool fencing.
As I've shared before, I grew up with a backyard pool. Soon after our family moved to our home, when I was 7, my parents hired a contractor to install a decorative (not chain-link) padlocked fence around the pool. When I was in junior high my parents finally told me the code to the lock, and my parents always insisted no one swim alone. At least one of my parents always watched us as we swam.
Should the City of Hesperia or County of San Bernardino mandate fencing around pools? I'm certain that's fodder for debate, but I certainly would recommend that anyone who has a pool in their backyard -- even if they rarely use it -- have a secure fence around it.
In other sad news, General Motors was forced to restructure, and 1,100 dealerships nationwide were ordered to close. However, the Victor Valley's two GM dealerships will remain open, according to the City of Victorville.
"The car dealerships play an important role in our community by offering employment for individuals with a wide range of skill sets in the Victor Valley," Keith Metzler, City of Victorville Director of Economic Development, said through a news release.
Greiner Buick-Pontiac-GMC and Victorville Motors have been integral parts of our community for years. Many of us have purchased vehicles from those dealerships. Let's hope they can weather the economic storm and prove that Victorville's helping hand is warranted.