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Readers' forum: Promote train safety

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Cars line up as they wait for the train to pass.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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When I saw a picture at the bottom of a recent front page with a girl and train tracks, I was surprised. I thought that must have been overlooked, until I turned to the referenced article on the front page of the sports section.

Again, the featured athlete was pictured on train tracks. I would hope that the Deseret News didn't take the picture, but I'm surprised that you would publish it considering recent events where three girls died from standing on/near train tracks in Spanish Fork. I wonder how those who knew those girls feel when they see a picture like this.

I am sure it was unintentional, and I may be the only one who made the correlation. However, it seems irresponsible to publish a picture that promotes an unsafe situation. I wouldn't want my kids to think standing on train tracks makes you cool or tough.

I don't want to take away from the featured athlete's accomplishments. It was heartwarming to hear how much she'd been through as she excelled in her sport. I just wish you had used a different picture.

Katrina Woolley

Kaysville

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