Monday, June 28, 2010

Blame someone else - anyone else

A little girl drowned. It is a tragedy. But the incredible need to blame somebody for everything is misplaced. The next fay there are articles in the paper that the City of Long Beach is at fault. A kid who couldn’t swim ran into the ocean. Certainly understandable since that's what kids do and, again, it is a tragedy that she drowned. But twelve year old kids – as well as adults – do things that seem like a good idea at the time and have bad results. When a kid chases a ball into the street and gets hit by a car, is the town at fault for not catching the ball? For allowing ball playing? For allowing driving? And who didn't teach her to swim? Tragic accidents happen. No one is at fault.The City of Long Beach didn’t do anything wrong.

Further, the article - incredibly - says that she drowned when it was “a magnificent summer day”. Some how that means its the City's fault since the accident happened when the sun was out. Why is does the City’s responsibility depend on the weather?

Just dopey.

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