I stated my grief and sadness over this much earlier in this thread, and stepped away briefly. I must admit that I have given serious thought to both sides of this issue, and I appreciate the wake up call many of you have given me. Ryan and zach's death was tragic. Ryan, Zachary, and the friends attending all bear differing degrees of blame in this. Obviously, Ryan the most, and he deserves very little sympathy, IMO. Zachary chose to get in the car, knowing his history.
As I said before, i believe that friends at a party/event have a serious responsibility to do their very best to have prevented this horrible tragedy. Take his keys, slug him, call a taxi or the cops if you have to, if you KWIM.
I don't think that the parents and family of any of the people involved in the accident deserved Ebert's casual quip. I believe he said it to be 'of the moment' and it certainly gave him the benefit of much publicity. I have little to no respect for him left.
I still believe that Ebert's comments were insensitive, I'll-timed and rude, but that is not what is truly bothering me right now.
What is bothering me the most (I think) is the level of vitriol expressed by we e hellions in this thread. This board, as a group, is comprised of many people whose opinions I respect greatly. I wish that we could all find a way to disagree without being rude and hurtful to each other, in general. This seems to be happening quite frequently lately, and it worries me.
I wish you all love and peace.