I am saddened by the passing of my long time friend, Annie Highman. She was a gifted artist, and one of the most loving people I have ever known. She loved St. John with all her heart and it was a big heart, sometimes so big that it hurt her. Her artwork was relevant to the beauty she tapped into from the island she loved. Annie was a true artist and made her living for over 18 years on St. John making art, something very few can accomplish.
I am disappointed that her death and accident are written about in such a way that most of the story is about determining whether or not the EMS or the Police are doing their job. Yes, there is a history of a slow response time, because this is the nature of a rural community. It would have been more caring and respectful to at least do a little more research into who Annie really was, rather than writing half an article about the politics of the police and emergency response time.
St. John is too small to take such a distant approach when someone dies, most of us see each other every day, whether we want to or not. We are connected in small and big ways. I hope we can focus more on what really matters by remembering who we are and how much we can care. Annie knew love, and I hope she can be remembered in such a way.
Zarah I. Rose
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