Sunday, January 7, 2007

Winter Fun Is Going Downhill

If the lawyers had their way, Charles Foster Kane might never have uttered the word "Rosebud." That is the implication of news from Nebraska, reported by Walter Olson at In the wake of a Nebraska Supreme Court decision that municipalities can be held liable for users' injuries in public recreation areas, towns in the state are closing or restricting skate parks and sledding areas.
Robert J. Ambrogi, Sledding's Slippery Slope, Inside Opinions, Dec. 22, 2006.

This would mess up not just the plot of "Citizen Kane," but also that of "It's a Wonderful Life." On the other hand, there must be more to the story. Some sledding areas might indeed be horribly dangerous. (If George Bailey hadn't been there, his younger brother would have died, after all, and then wouldn't have been able to be a war hero!)

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