|This article was published on: 09/01/2004|
POINT OF VIEW: Editor’s Note
Let’s be careful
Charlotte Fimiano of Bethlehem, Pa. Maria Garcia of Brentwood, N.Y. Michael Emert of Bellevue, Wash. Joan Wood Weigelhofer of Goochland, Va.
When you write for a magazine, you’re always looking for a news hook—some timely event that will make your story more relevant to your readers. If there’s one time I don’t relish finding such a hook, however, it’s when I’m writing about safety.
Unfortunately, the hook always seems to present itself. Last year around this time, Joan Weigelhofer was killed while working alone in the brokerage she owned. Her daughter Sonya Alberts, also a practitioner, gave us the sad news. The most recent tragedy was the killing of Julia (Deede) Keller of El Segundo, Calif., in July.
Of course, it’s important to recognize the difference between looking out for your personal safety and living in fear. I’m not suggesting that you place limits on your activities, which would be blowing the threat out of proportion, but that you use common sense when dealing with the public. In the words of “Hill Street Blues” character Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there.”
—Editor Stacey Moncrieff
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