Photo Is a Disservice
What is the image of the Sandhills that The Pilot is trying to portray?
Is it one that represents Moore County moving forward as a strong, vibrant, healthy community of responsible citizens, or is it the one that the photograph on the front page of the Feb. 15 issue portrays?
The photograph, titled “Balancing Act,” depicts a young individual “amusing herself” on the railroad tracks near the train depot in downtown Southern Pines.
She is walking on the rail with earphones on (prohibiting her from hearing a train approaching from behind), drink in hand, and looking directly into the camera.
Walking on the railroad tracks is dangerous and is against the law. Suggesting that it is “amusing” to walk on the tracks is simply an inappropriate message about risky behavior.
This photograph does a disservice to Moore County and its citizens. It is harmful to the vision of what Moore County is and can be. Why not focus on depicting a positive perception of Moore County as it moves forward?
Why not utilize the front page of The Pilot to portray the citizens who live and work in Moore County in a complimentary light as the responsible, community-service-minded, respectful individuals that they are? Why not choose photographs that support a favorable image and vision of Moore County as an area of integrity, excellence, respect and opportunity?
I encourage The Pilot to seize the opportunity to depict the highest quality of Moore County to all residents and
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