An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
“Stupid” is an over-used word these days but playing chicken with firefighting aircraft fits the definition.
Skimmers are aircraft that swoop on to lakes, scoop up water on the go and return to a wildfire to drop it on the flames. A pilot of one of these planes fighting fires in the Okanagan has issued a polite request to yahoos to stop playing chicken or racing them as they reload.
“While it may be really fun to play chicken or race us,” he posted, “it makes it that much harder dodging boats.”
Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.