Due to laziness and not wanting to constantly fiddle around with an Ipod in my car, I have been listening to a great deal of talk radio lately. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I listen to Sean Hannity now and again. I guess I am politically interested of late, and that is the show that is on when I am doing a lot of my driving. I realize that most of those conservative radio talk show hosts are nearly as ridiculous and radical in their political sector as those on the far left, and so I take most of what they say with a grain of salt.
Inevitably, I end up listening to some KSL talk radio news. For the most part, KSL radio news seems to be full of overly repetitive, unimportant, who-gives-a-damn-type stories. Today, for example, the number two story of the day, and one to which was devoted more time than any other, was about some dog named Seven that was apparently tossed from a free way overpass. Miraculously, and by the good graces of the Virgin Mary, Seven was able to survive his brutal toss from the lofty point. Luckily, KSL had a correspondent live on the scene at the veterinary clinic where poor Seven was being treated. I wiped several beads of worried sweat from my concerned, furrowed brow as the vet announced to the public that Seven was going to be OK.
Really? Is there truly nothing of more import happening in Utah, let alone the World, that KSL had to devote the longest chunk of time to a story about a stupid animal that got Jack Black'd off an overpass? Are we not in the middle of one of the dirtiest, meanest, and most direly important elections of our time?
Thank God, seven is OK.
The story that most pist me off, however, was concerning the kid who was killed by a black bear last year up American Fork canyon. The source of my anger, in this case, was not KSL's reporting. I am angry at the family. They are apparently suing the forest service for nearly two million dollars. They feel that they should have been warned that a bear had been seen in the area a few hours before.
They are possibly right-perhaps they should have been warned (even though due to the area they were in, there was likely nobody there to provide any such warning.) They are understandably hurt and angry about the loss of their son. But for heaven sakes, is two million dollars going to bring him back? What kind of wretched people are they, that they are turning their son's death into a lucrative venture? How would their son feel, knowing that his tragic death eventually bought mommy and daddy a new beamer and a huge house? Two million dollars in blood money. People disgust me. Why do we live in such a sue-happy nation? Why are there so many people utterly willing to capitalize on the death of loved ones? If there were hospital and funeral costs involved, by all means sue for that specific coverage. But don't get rich through tragedy. Have a little decency and respect for he who died.