Power and Responsibility

Power and Responsibility

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Reporter Paula Simons from the Edmonton Journal details the unfortunate death of a pedestrian killed by the irresponsible actions of someone driving a Corvette. While the death is unfortunate and justice awaits for the driver, Paula takes the argument farther:

“But the crime Ricky Richardson committed didn’t begin that terrible August night when he punched the accelerator. The chain of events that led to Irene Nicholson’s death began when Richardson decided to buy a Corvette with a special super-charger that gave the already-powerful car a 500-horsepower engine.”
In the reporter’s perfect world, we would all be driving small cars with the horsepower of a lawnmower. She does concede that the pedestrian could have died had the out of control driver been in a “nice little Smart Car or Prius”. However she continues with how no one “needs” a Corvette or a Hummer or Escalade (Is she anti GM?), fashion choices to parade your wealth and power…making the driver to feel more viral and fleet and powerful. Her article finally comes back to reality as she weighs in how the Corvette driver made a bad choice and must deal with the consequences. With power comes responsibility, and that should be the lesson of this story.
Senior Editor and founder of "Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle". I drive my dad's 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible and call the Corvette Museum home.


  1. Personally, I hate people who have s good car a treat it like a pile of power to be toyed with. I have a ’79 Plymouth Roadrunner (I’m not the biggest GM fan but there are some good ones) and I will admit I like to lite the tires up from time to time. BUT. Everytime I do it it’s on a track or in an abandoned parking lot that has been closed off (permission received by the owner). I think that honestly everytime a person buys a good ol’ fashion car (not a glorified box of computer chips) they should be made to take a test on driving all over again. If you have anything onl your record like wreckless endangerment I don’t think you should be allowed to have one. But altogether a decent minded person should never be forced to drive a lawnmower down the street because there are idiots in the world who don’t know their ‘head’ from a hole in the ground.

    This guy is 57 what the hell was he thinking. His BS contention that his car was the problem, speaks volumes to his inability to stand up and take responsiblity for his actions. Maybe he can live his life as a "Coward"; I know most of us can’t.
    Ricky, my brother Mike, and the rest of Irene’s family would like to hear you at least say your sorry!!! Are you "man enough" to stand up, or are your balls still missing???

    Missing Irene!!!!!

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