Should local officials nurture John Hunter's "brainchild" or instead, should they commit to reason and, in defense of principle, tie a heavy, bureaucratic stone to its neck and drown it?
What would deployment of "lifesaving ropes" across the All-American Canal actually accomplish? For certain they would aid and abet illegal activities but would they prevent drowning? Perversely, might they become killer ropes, inflating the death rate as human traffic is increasingly routed across them?
Remember the prophecy in the movie "Field of Dreams," "If you build it, they will come." Most assured that would happen in this case. Human nature, being what it is and the ropes' mere presence, would invite hordes of non-swimmers, who would otherwise take a drier and safer route, into the water. Imagine making the crossing in darkness, under physical and mental stress and being forced to hurry. It is wholly predictable that some would lose their grip and drown. The only question is how many?