Lo-Jack for hikers

Lo-Jack for hikers
: I have a slightly different take on the story of the hiker who had to hack off his own arm with a pocketknife to free himself from a boulder.

Yes, of course, it’s a story of amazing courage and fortitude and of the human will to live.

But I’m also getting tired of stories of hikers who get themselves in trouble in the wilderness and then expect that it is their right to be rescued at public expense and at the rescuers’ risk. Remember the story of the rescue chopper that crashed on a mountain about a year ago.

So I have a humble proposal: Require hikers and natureboys and girls to carry human Lo-Jacks: If you get in trouble, you activate it and you can be found precisely. Otherwise, you’re on your own.

It may not be a bad idea to implant them in all human beings. Then we wouldn’t have to listen to the emotional voyeurism on Today about the tragedies of Laci Peterson and Tristen “Buddy” Meyers.