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Frivolous Lawsuits Damage Society

August 01, 2003

Re "Putting the Hurt on Coaches," July 29: Once again, I found myself disgusted by a news item. Seems as though people have discovered a way to supplement their incomes: filing frivolous lawsuits against innocent people and others with deep pockets.

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? If I trip over my own two left feet at the grocery store, do I have the right to sue the store, claiming that somehow it should have known I was a klutz? If a kid trespasses on my property, patently ignoring my "No Trespassing" or "Dog on Premises" signs and warnings, should I still be held responsible? I don't think so. Perhaps we should allow these parasites to continue on their course of action until everything goes away: school sports, volunteer organizations, charitable enterprises, etc. Then, when there's nobody left to sue or ruin, maybe everyone will be happy.

Kristina Mason

Los Angeles

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