One of Sunday’s letter-writers asked that large allowances be made for the mistake that likely caused the Valley View fires on July 10:
I was reading somewhere that it was a teenager who started a campfire and didn’t properly extinguish the fire. Even as adults we often think something is taken care of and in actuality it isn’t. Have you ever thought you turned the stove off and didn’t? Have you ever looked both ways but still got hit by a car? Have you ever thought you paid your bill but ended up with late fees or collections because it wasn’t done? There are so many “have you evers” in life that for a teenager who has a ton of them already, and I am sure is sorry as can be for this, we need to cut him/her a little slack. We should not be bitter or angry.
I know we all want to blame someone, but in actuality we have to blame the wind and the conditions, because if the conditions were not the way they were, this would never have happened. — Leah L. Dunigan, Spokane
Question: Should “little” mistakes carry more penalties when the consequences are dire than when they are unnoticeable?