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Hunting accident

Pretend that you and some employees join a good friend hunting on another friend’s ranch. After lunch and a beer, while bird hunting, you accidentally shoot your friend. You all give emergency medical help and get him to the hospital. Then you go back, have dinner and go to bed. Next day, 14 hours after the accident (maybe 18, depending on who’s talking) you think perhaps you should tell someone. How would you do that?

Naturally, you get your hostess to call her local newspaper reporter friend and tell her what happened. The reporter puts it on the paper’s Web site. The local sheriff hears about it and investigates. Over the next few days, people begin asking questions. However, you keep quiet.

During his investigation, the sheriff discovers you were hunting without a license. Four days post accident, while your friend recuperates in the hospital from a heart attack caused by a pellet lodged near his heart, the sheriff closes the investigation, filing no charges. Question – would the law treat us the same way?



Napoleon, the pig in “Animal Farm,” says, “Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.” We’re learning he was right, at least in America.

Dick Denman




Rough and Ready


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