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Genevieve Tougas, Fargo, Published April 18 2012

Place the blame where it belongs

Much ado about nothing. In the past couple of weeks, The Forum has carried two stories about a lack of responsibility on the part of three people. One person was suing Gate City because of overdraft charges. Two people were high school students who failed to meet certain requirements for attending a prom because of tardiness issues.

In the first case, blame was being placed on an institution for the manner in which it allegedly assessed charges for NSF checks. Blame for overdrawn checks should be placed on the writer of such checks, and the writer should acknowledge his/her guilt in so doing and accept the consequences.

Likewise, students who are repeatedly tardy should acknowledge their guilt and accept the consequence. The young people did just that – accepted the fact they could not go to the prom and arranged an alternate plan.

Whether Gate City knowingly arranges bad checks so they may gain the largest financial return is questionable. Even if they do so (which I doubt), would that remove liability from a person who knowingly writes bad checks?

It seems so easy to pass blame around, and it is admirable that at least a couple of high school students admit their wrongs and learn from their mistakes. It is a lesson from which we all could learn.