OUR VIEWS: Sue Happy, So Sad

May 22, 2012


Take for example the Spring Lake man who’s suing a brewing company after he opened a beer and the cap allegedly exploded off the bottle and hit him in the face. He claims he suffered physical and emotional damage. To the tune of $25,000 or more.

So, for something that can happen in life, he wants to waste time and resources with his attorney due to the “pain and suffering” and “fright and shock” he says he endured. The idea that he’s going after the brewing company for something so frivolous is what’s frightening and shocking.

Another example of a local lawsuit is of a more serious nature. An 11-year-old local boy, Chance Nash, died after hitting an obstruction while sledding in Duncan Woods more than two years ago. His family is suing for more than $25,000 in damages, claiming the park and the park trustees are responsible for the boy’s death. While the loss of life is tragic, the continuation of the negative energy poured into this lawsuit is a shame.

Turn that negativity into a positive, lasting legacy. Acknowledge the loss and hurt, and invest those emotions into something that will benefit and educate the community for years to come.

Imagine what a difference the family could make by spending their time and money not on a lawsuit that costs everyone, but on a lasting gift. They could educate parents and children on sledding safety; they could construct a playground in Chance’s name; they could do so much to turn this awful misfortune into something that would properly honor their son.

You can’t put a price on someone’s life, but you can choose to make a difference. Life involves risk. We need to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make everyday.




How about taking responsibility for your own actions once in a while. Accidents happen all the time. Both cases are examples of that. Yes one case a young boy lost his life, those dangers should have benn common sense in that area. To my knowledge, there is no designated areas in Duncan Woods for sledding. Common sense would come into play, if one sleds there, they take responsibility for what happens. Just has the case in th beer bottle. You shake any carbonated drink, pressure builds in their container. The contents of said container are going to be wanting to come out in a hurry once container is opened.


almost seems like someone shook that bottle hard (maybe to play a joke on that guy) then handed it to him only for the joke to back fire. If that was the case he needs to sue the person that shook the bottle. This is only an opinion ( do not take anything I said out of context as I said May have)

John D.

I agree with this viewpoint. If we didn't have such a litigious society, our insurance rates would be lower, there wouldn't be the need for so many laws that protect people from themselves, and there would be more people "pulling their own wagons", taking responsibility for their own lives and the consequences of their choices.


Sadness is really a universal human emotion, a part of the day living. Although many people view it being a dark cloud to be avoided and denied, I believe sadness brings something special of healing. Acknowledging our own sadness generally is a crucial step in the healing process itself. http://www.allsweetmessages.com/...


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