Sentinel Editorial

Never too late to give

Christmas is just a few days away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place.

It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. Many still need help — your help — to fill all the needs of which they are aware.

It is never too late to act in the spirit of the season — to play Santa Claus, if you like to think of it that way.

Find an organization or church with a holiday assistance initiative. Make a donation. It will make your Christmas morning brighter, we assure you.

Use drones with caution

No doubt many local residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view.

The proliferation of drones flown by irresponsible owners has created a new, potentially deadly, hazard for those who fly or ride in bigger craft.

National Transportation Safety Board officials have released a report on the first confirmed midair collision between a manned aircraft and a drone in this country. It occurred Sept. 21 over New York City, when a drone hit and damaged an Army helicopter. Those on the chopper were able to land it safely. The drone’s operator was breaking virtually every rule in the book. He flew his craft about 2.5 miles away from where he was, despite a Federal Aviation Administration on flying drones out of sight of the operator, for one thing.

If you have a drone or get one this Christmas, enjoy it. But do so safely. Follow all the rules. Don’t be responsible for the first fatality involving a drone.

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