The board of the Hagerstown YMCA issued a statement this past Friday on the death of 7-year-old Kari Trumpower, who died last Wednesday after she was removed from the life-support systems that had kept her alive ever since she nearly drowned at the Y on Sept. 11.
In terms of expressing sorrow, the YMCA's statement said all the right things. But it didn't provide what is still lacking more than a week after the event - an account of what happened. We still believe, as we said in our Friday editorial, that the delay is unacceptable and wouldn't be tolerated in other, less rural areas.
In saying that, we do not mean to suggest that the Hagerstown police are inept or that YMCA board members are heartless. Hagerstown does not have the violence and the wide-open drug dealing that plagues some Tri-state area towns because this city has a well-trained, professional police force. And the character-building activities the YMCA has provided for local youth for decades are well-known.