Your Jan. 9 article regarding the lawsuit filed against Camp Thurman and the city of Pantego was unbelievable. (See: “Pantego and camp sued over death of man two years ago”)
To think any attorney would have the audacity to sue Camp Thurman when their 30-year-old client was killed after hopping the fence surrounding private property then trying to zip line at four o’clock in the morning all while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, indicates three things:
One, there is a reason enrollment in law schools is down this year, there is not enough work to go around. Two, Texas lawmakers still need to do some work on preventing frivolous and fraudulent lawsuits. And three, some lawyers will take on any case just to try and make a buck.
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— Mike Morgan, Colleyville
Stunt not harmless
In 2004, four people drowned (in a poorly maintained pool) at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, despite “No Swimming” signs. The city paid $750,000.
In 2013, two men drown after wading into deep water at Lake Worth — outcome of lawsuit against the city is pending.
People undertake dangerous activities; the survivors expect the city to pay. The city has no money of its own; it only has money it takes from us.
The Daily STEW comments calling the bridge stunt “harmless” missed the point. What if the rider had managed to kill himself? Or what if a copycat does kill himself? How much will the city be sued for then?
I’ll hate to see a beautiful bridge defaced with multiple barriers and copious warning signs, but until courts develop the wisdom to automatically dismiss these spurious damage suits, I see no alternative.
— George Michael Sherry, Fort Worth
Civil war talk
In response to a letter appearing Jan. 5 column, “Another civil war?”:
First, the article compares the end of slavery to a new civil war whose purpose would be to deny liberals the freedom of speech enjoyed by conservatives. Hardly a legitimate comparison.
Second, the writer complains of “forced submission to political correctness and liberal ideology.” The publication of his article shows no such submission has taken place.
I do understand the idea of forced submission in terms of paying taxes that support activities we do not personally agree with. That is a burden common to all.
Third, the article says: “Will another civil war be necessary? Sadly, human nature does not change.” This sequence begs the answer: Yes, but sadly so.
I disagree. Our forefathers had to fight for their freedom and ours because there was no such representative democracy. Slavery required a violent confrontation because the words from our Declaration of Independence, “all men are created equal,” were not practiced.
Today we enjoy much more equal representation than our forefathers, even in this day of aggressively partisan redistricting. Talk of civil war being “necessary” is both dangerous and unjustified.
— Bill Lanford, Haltom City
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