"Most people realize that cities must restrict potentially dangerous activities to protect people and guard against costly lawsuits"
Really? Most people realize this? Not any people I know. Only idiots would realize or accept this.
"In the past, people might have embraced a Wild West philosophy of individuals being solely responsible for their actions..."
In the past? When did the concept of personal responsibility for one's own actions become contrary to rational thinking? Did the concept of logic die along with the last frontier?
"...but now they expect government to prevent dangers whenever possible."
So this Nanny State mentality really is what people have come to expect.
"They pointed to judgments in sledding lawsuits in the past decade, such as a $2 million judgment against Omaha, Nebraska, after a 5-year-old girl was paralyzed when she hit a tree and a $2.75 million payment when a man in Sioux City, Iowa, slid into a sign and injured his spinal cord."
The judges that allowed such lawsuits should be ashamed of themselves. They should also be tarred, feathered and ran out of town on a rail. It is the Wild West after all.
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