Reader examines consequences of barricades
Jan. 28, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
In response to Patsy Hand's question in her letter to the editor Tuesday regarding the Victoria Livestock folks building their own barricades for use in blocking streets for the Livestock parade, the answer is elementary.
Were they to build and use their own barricades to block public streets, the following scenario would probably evolve. Some totally innocent citizen, while talking or texting on their cellphone, would not see all the activity or the barricade and have a horrendous crash with said barricade. Even though the barricade would only do about $279 of actual damage to their vehicle (barricades are relatively fragile and built to break down), the individual would deem it necessary, because of pain and suffering, to hire a lawyer to plead his or her case in court. The lawyer would sue the Victoria Livestock operation, the families of all 4-H members, the Future Farmers of America, the city of Victoria, the lumber yard that supplied the lumber for the barricades and anyone who was standing nearby.
Fearing an outrageous judgment against them, all of the above entities would decide to settle out of court for $600 billion. All the insurance companies involved in the settlement would then raise their rate accordingly, and a huge cry of protest against rising insurance rates would spread across America. Our government would then pass legislation to prohibit the rate increase, and the insurance companies would declare bankruptcy while their executives prepared to leave the country. Unemployment would soar because of lost jobs in the insurance industry. And so we see that building barricades causes unemployment to soar. Make sense now, doesn't it?
While a bit "tongue in cheek," some of the above scenario is all too true in today's world.
Frank Hendrix, Victoria