This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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Wednesday, January 14 2015

Thanks to threatened and existing lawsuits, towns across America and Canada are banning tobogganing and/or sledding. In Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey, Indiana and farther north in Canada, the fear of lawsuits and injuries have towns banning the sport.

In 2013, the town of Hamilton, Ontario was ordered to pay $900,000 to plaintiff (and lawyer) Bruno Uggenti, who suffered a spinal injury while (illegally) sledding. Since November of 2014, a petition demanding the city "LET US TOBOGGAN!!" has collected more than 1,000 signatures.

Now, Dubuque, Iowa, is set to ban toboggans in nearly all of its 50 parks.

“We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them,” said Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager. “We can’t manage the risk at all of those places.”

Source:  freerangekids.com

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