Do any citizens feel the need to make any waves, pun, with the city fathers/council this summer about the discontinuance of the Lifeguard program here? And try to legally and ethically reinstate their presence and lifesaving status for our six block beach? Is there any amount of money that we can put on the loss of even one life in the case of a drowning? Even if only one life is saved in a decade? I believe we locals owe this legacy of lifesaving experts to our children and everyone else using the beach, local and tourists alike. It has been shown many times, even as recent as June 2009, that their presence and skills are valuable and necessary. It's not money wasted if noone gets hurt or drowns, it precautionary insurance, and respect for human life itself. The City fathers know they have the money to fund the program. Heck, all the equipment,supplies, towers, and gear is already bought and paid for, waiting in the wings/storage for usage. Why should we follow other ports on the lake instead of LEAD on this matter? Shouldn't the Lifeguard program be a permanent part of the annual budget, instead of being voted on year after year as if it were a question of money instead of necessity/principle? Ludington and Lake Michigan visitors deserve better, and we are already in the Lifeguard business, whether we like it or not. So, I say get a petition going and start getting signatures of every person in town that agrees. I'm sure not many would oppose this. Especially in light of the fact that funding is clearly there. It's no more than a petty cash item for the short summers we have, and makes the statement statewide, that Ludington is a Leader on this important matter, not a follower.