Sledding Increasingly Banned
There have been many casualties of our rule by smothering nanny statists and insatiably greedy lawyers. Sledding is about to join them:
No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks.
The main reason is liability under our system of jackpot justice. Sledding mishaps have led to judgments of $2 million against Omaha and $2.75 million against Sioux City.
Paxton, Illinois went so far as to remove a hill because people were sledding on it.
This is the mentality that is reducing us to a race of gerbils:
In the past, people might have embraced a Wild West philosophy of individuals being solely responsible for their actions, but now they expect government to prevent dangers whenever possible.
There hasn’t been a more repressive prescription for tyranny since Karl Marx came up with “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
But there is a little good news:
In Omaha, the city banned sledding at a popular hill as a test one winter after losing a lawsuit, but decided to allow it again after most people ignored the restriction.
Kudos to Omaha, and sorry about that lawsuit.