Let’s move ladders closer to the bridge

After reading about the recent swimming tragedy in the Union Ship Canal, an irresistible lure to kids on a hot summer day, I got to thinking. Why couldn’t the city just move the existing ladders closer to the overhead walking bridge where the kids like to jump from? Or add a couple more ladders and be done with it? Put one on each side of the canal nearer to that bridge.

It seems to me the most cost-effective solution – no filling the whole thing in, no maintaining life rings and lines, and no 100-yard marathon swim to the existing ladders. I assume the existing ladders are there now as a safety feature in the event some unfortunate sailor fell into the canal way back when ships were in there. Well, Buffalo, ships aren’t there anymore; kids are. Fences and signs are not enough.

Paul Harding