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March 19, 2009 at 4:48 PM

The skiing death of actress Natasha Richardson

A call for helmets on the slopes

Sonny Bono, Natasha Richardson and thousands of other skiers have lost their lives for the simple fact they are moving at highway speeds on nothing other than skis [“Natasha Richardson, 45, of British acting dynasty,” News obituary, March 19].

Just like ballplayers and motorcycle riders never used to wear helmets, it makes no sense for skiers to wear no protection simply because it is tradition or inconvenient.

Moving here after growing up on the aptly named Plains, I always wanted to learn to ski. Since then, I’ve met too many people who have some skiing-injury horror story that eventually changed my mind.

For those who still want to ski, it really is time to consider requiring approved helmets on the ski slopes. Ski resorts will enjoy lower liability costs and these all-too-common tragedies may not end with so many devastated families and friends.

— David G. Wright, Seattle

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