Cave-in strategy hurts taxpayers

Does anyone realize that when someone sues the county they are actually suing us, the taxpayers? The recent article about how the county saves money by caving in and settling out of court bothers me. (Sunday, “A year of costly settlements for Snohomish County.”) How many lawsuits are brought about by lawyers who know the county will cave in? How many times do we settle even when the facts don’t justify the charges?

In regard to the lawsuit about the safety of 108th Street NE in Marysville because some kids decided to go down it at an estimated twice the posted speed limit: I have driven up and down that road many times with no problems whatsoever. I think a common sense solution would be to have the judge and attorneys from both sides go out and drive up and down 108th a dozen times and if they survive the ordeal, throw the suit out for the trivial one that it is. I am sorry about the injuries and death that resulted, but how are the taxpayers responsible for the kids poor judgement? If the county caves in on this one something is terribly wrong with their sense of justice.

John kuntz


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