Saturday, December 15, 2007
A "take the plunge" swimming hole in Whatcom Falls Park
Probably not a good idea, though lots of people go there in the summer.
Local news has recently reported some law suite being filed against the city of Bellingham related to a serious injury that happened two years ago.
Supposedly, there aren't enough signs. Signs in real life, not above picture where I used photo editing software to replicate the sign.
Over the years, injuries have happened in this area.
It's another case of a law suite and I would think the city should NOT be held liable.
On the other hand, I can think of another argument for universal health care coverage. At least that way, medical bills are covered. I hate to be the Grinch that stole Christmas, so to speak.
Universal coverage would spread risk to the huge US population. Spread it thinner than just focusing guilt on one local government, company or what ever. Might reduce the take that so many lawyers get in our litigious society.
I favor universal access to health care. Sliding scale, single payer; what ever it takes.
Aside from these thoughts, I remember a 60 Minutes piece, or something like that (back when I had a television). It was about some town in California nearly shut down by the cost of liability insurance. Skating rink closed, bowling alley, swimming pool; just about everyplace where people congregated.
Law suites can equal astronomical costs for liability insurance.
They said that folks played in the street cause that was the only thing still open and the street is about as dangerous as it gets. That documentary segment was sometime in the 1980s. Now I even forget which town it was.
So I ponder what this city could potentially do to prevent people from entering some dangerous natural feature in the landscape.
Maybe getting close to risky areas could be as frowned upon as nude sunbathing tends to be in the places they call "family areas."
Still, lots of people rebel against being told NO.
In a different context, I remember seeing a sign in 2002, Yakima, WA. It said NO, quite a few times.