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Adult choices and children

The four-paragraph story on the Associated Press wire is a tragic one, but one all too familiar to the Colorado State Patrol.It goes like this. A driver rolls his or her vehicle. Those not wearing seatbelts are ejected, suffering death, if not serious injury.Three Fort Collins children aged 8, 12, and 15 are now fatherless after their dad rolled their car Sunday. They were wearing their seatbelts. He wasn’t. It didn’t help that police estimated his speed at 100 miles per hour or more.Fortunately, the children suffered only minor injuries. Seatbelts save lives.What’s maddening about this accident is the fact the kids were seatbelted. Why wasn’t he? It’s not an unfamiliar situation, but it’s tragic an adult thinks so little of his children as not to protect his own well-being.We see the same situation on our ski slopes. A family of skiers goes out ready for a big day, the kids in helmets, the parents not.It’s an unconscionable decision, probably made without a second thought. Children need their parents healthy and alive.


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