Real basis for safety

I agree with the editorial ``Tourist Safety in Florida,'' Sept. 16, which states that ``nine deaths are nine too many.'' I appreciate the effort Florida is making to protect foreign tourists, but I think the real problem lies in what people think of other human beings.

The coldheartedness, carelessness, and cruelty that lie behind the murders need to change. It's ludicrous to have tourists not come to our country because they are afraid. Lauren Regus, Fayetteville, Ga. Counterpane School

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