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MILTON: City Council shows irresponsibility

Letter by Doug Andreassen, Tacoma on June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am | 6 Comments »
June 1, 2012 10:14 am

I read the bizarre logic in the article (TNT, 5-28) on the repeal of Milton’s helmet law and was shocked at the irresponsibility of this action by the City Council.

In a state that was the first to pass the Zachery Lystead law protecting youth from concussions and its impact nationwide, this action demonstrates a disregard of care and concern for our youth.

As a active participant in the education and awareness of concussions on our youth, this action tells the youth of Milton that its City Council has no regard for this public health issue that some would say is epidemic.

The Milton City Council is using the blame game for its reasoning in repealing of this law, when in fact it has exposed itself to further liability. As soon as the first unfortunate injury occurs at its skatepark or on its public facilities, the taxpayers of the city will pay the price for this decision.

This is nothing more than a roll of the dice in the world of legal liability. We elect these public officials to lead our community on a number of issues; obviously the protection of our youth is not one of these tenets.

This places continued importance of the need for awareness and education on our parents and our communities that it is critical for youth to protect their brains. After all, they need them for life.

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