In response to a recent letter to the editor titled "Worried about moral cliff" by Rodney Poff:
Mr. Poff's letter reminded me of a favorite poem of mine called "The Ambulance in the Valley" by Joseph Malins (1895).
The last eight lines echo what Mr. Poff wrote:
"Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
"For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
"To rescue the fallen is good, but 'tis best
"To prevent other people from falling."
"Better close up the source of temptation and crime
"Than deliver from dungeon or galley;
"Better put a strong fence 'round the top of the cliff
"Than an ambulance down in the valley."