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Some people never wear helmets. What would change their minds?

More education on dangers
Witnessing/experiencing an injury
Cooler-looking helmets

Total votes cast: 1260

Comments & Write-in Answers

Learning might not change their mind of "oh this won't happen to me" opposed to if they got hurt.

3/30/2009 8:10:46 PM

Have them read Christopher Reeve's book and they will wear a helmet.

3/30/2009 3:49:41 PM

More comfortable helments

3/30/2009 3:24:45 PM

It's a choice. Some choose to wear them others don't.

3/30/2009 1:16:04 PM

It took a freak fall 30 years ago to make me never ever not wear a helmet

3/30/2009 1:08:48 PM

I wear my helmet everytime I ride my 13.2 pony. He would never buck, but it is not worth the risk!

3/30/2009 12:38:56 PM

Some people just believe head injuries happen only to others..not them. Human pride issues.

3/30/2009 11:51:22 AM

Injuries. Some riders are still so stubborn - others take action and get a helmet

3/30/2009 10:11:48 AM

A friend had a serious accident, hit her head,broke her neck and still doesn't wear a helmet.

3/30/2009 9:13:25 AM

Seeing professionals wear them in daily riding, in mag. photos

3/29/2009 11:32:27 PM

some folks have to experience injuy first hand to learn about the dangers

3/29/2009 8:23:45 PM

cooler looking helmets would help and better comfort,there are slim pickins for style and comfort

3/29/2009 5:47:51 PM

then again, some people are just stupid

3/29/2009 4:43:21 PM

natasha richardson

3/29/2009 4:08:41 PM

Its a personal choice and it should remain so

3/29/2009 3:30:40 PM

making a helmet that is cooler (as in temperature) for the summertime but doesn't look so horrible.

3/29/2009 12:32:52 PM

I can't ride without my helmet...saved me from dying!

3/29/2009 12:09:49 PM

They think their head is harder than the ground

3/29/2009 11:38:52 AM

Until it affects them personbally, some people never learn.

3/29/2009 8:57:22 AM

what minds?

3/28/2009 11:42:09 PM

more barns should require their boarders to wear them

3/28/2009 9:25:46 PM

It is a decision that each of us makes based on life experiences. All of the above may help in chang

3/28/2009 8:25:51 PM

Most helmetless (by choice) riders have the mindset that injuries always happen to the "other guy".

3/28/2009 8:22:15 PM

Just like seatbelts, they are uncomfortable and thought, not needed. Until you have a mishap.

3/28/2009 7:59:59 PM

also peer pressure & not fearing looking 'different' for their style of riding

3/28/2009 7:33:22 PM

A lot of people think they only need helmets if they're jumping or riding a greenie.

3/28/2009 6:16:57 PM

You can die from a fall on a "bunny slope". "nuff said, I would think!

3/28/2009 4:26:09 PM

The same people that won't wear seatbelts probally.

3/28/2009 4:11:05 PM

I know someone LifeFlighted to a hospital with a head injury after a helmetless fall-she still won't

3/28/2009 3:52:53 PM

Seeing is believing

3/28/2009 10:34:30 AM

Its a personal choice

3/28/2009 8:08:56 AM

I've had whiplash too many times to remember because I never used to wear a helmet. I do now!

3/28/2009 2:28:29 AM

Again, enough on the helmet issue!

3/28/2009 12:23:25 AM

better fitting less distracting helmets?

3/27/2009 11:21:40 PM

Helmets can & do distract riders, causing problems/injury//cause false sence of secruity too.

3/27/2009 10:55:03 PM

You'd HOPE an injury would change their minds, but stubborn ones keep riding helmet-less.

3/27/2009 5:20:58 PM

Informed choice and accepting the consequences either way.

3/27/2009 5:18:06 PM

better fitting helmets

3/27/2009 4:50:40 PM

All it takes is one good blow to the head and your life is changed forever. Is it worth the risk?

3/27/2009 3:50:07 PM

sore back muscles

3/27/2009 3:20:32 PM

We never ride w/o our helmets. It saved my life.

3/27/2009 1:55:18 PM

LIFE is dangerous - look at Reeves - all his protective gear & he broke his neck

3/27/2009 10:49:56 AM

Unless it looks attractive some folks wont wear helmets.

3/27/2009 10:10:28 AM

Having a friend with brain damage due to head injury is very compelling, but tragic.

3/27/2009 7:53:04 AM

unfortuantely, its a fashion statement. I always wear mine!

3/27/2009 12:17:00 AM

I had a stroke from a blood clot in my brain

3/27/2009 12:01:50 AM

halmet has saved my life more than once

3/26/2009 11:44:08 PM

nothing looks western

3/26/2009 10:04:09 PM

Nothing teaches people about safety better than seeing/experiencing first hand

3/26/2009 9:08:14 PM

some only learn the hard way

3/26/2009 9:03:42 PM

Troxel's new "cowboy hat" helmet looks great, but doesn't come in a size big enough:(

3/26/2009 8:53:51 PM

Some people only learn from experience.

3/26/2009 6:59:46 PM

For my fellow riders that don't wear a helmet, there may be nothing that will change their minds

3/26/2009 5:44:40 PM

If you are an adult, it is a personal choice!

3/26/2009 5:24:42 PM

Some people are idiots and think they will never get hurt.

3/26/2009 4:57:49 PM

change in the mind set like jumpers were against harnesses now they wear them.

3/26/2009 4:01:55 PM

Education on dangers, but my doctor who is a rider, plus loving harrassment from my husband helped.

3/26/2009 3:57:43 PM

trying to get a cowboy to wear a helmet instead of a hat wont work, its just not cool, so they think

3/26/2009 2:54:15 PM

if they don't wear a helmet, most don't care to be educated. :(

3/26/2009 2:34:25 PM

At least we hope they would learn from this! Too often not.

3/26/2009 12:55:58 PM


3/26/2009 12:36:47 PM

perhaps if it became more personal, but I doubt it if they like nothing on their heads

3/26/2009 12:33:58 PM


3/26/2009 10:59:54 AM

The thing is if you think about being a smart rider is just as important.

3/26/2009 10:19:57 AM

Fear of injury will make a difference, also peer pressure. If everyone wears one then so will they..

3/26/2009 8:14:44 AM

Catastrophic brain injury is NOT pretty. Ruins your hair worse than helmet head.

3/26/2009 8:04:51 AM

first of all know one is that good of a rider that they are immune from an accident

3/26/2009 3:10:48 AM

Some people believe they are invincible.

3/26/2009 12:33:15 AM

how about a concussion?? or bad head injury???

3/25/2009 11:54:22 PM

If I were riding an unknown or spooky horse

3/25/2009 10:33:38 PM

Some people just can't believe anything would ever happen to them. (I am not one of those people!)

3/25/2009 9:39:04 PM

My 1st ride w/my helmet I fell lawn dart style Glad I had it on! SAVED ME! I Always wear it no fail

3/25/2009 8:00:17 PM

Educ @ slight concussion brain damage effects

3/25/2009 7:09:15 PM

the only thing made me change my mind was a bad injury I recieved that left me paralyzed for 6 month

3/25/2009 6:46:29 PM

Helmet are like seat belts, sometimes they are good and sometimes they can put you in a wheel chair.

3/25/2009 5:22:39 PM

Make it popular to ride smart. "You can't fix stupid."

3/25/2009 5:08:27 PM

Some people just don't care.

3/25/2009 5:07:48 PM

It'd change my mind! Just send somebody to you-tube and let them see some of that!

3/25/2009 4:24:21 PM

Our barn has 450 horses. 1/2 wear helmets. There was a death of a rider. Minds did not change.

3/25/2009 4:23:02 PM

My father had a bicycle accident; he had no helmet. Now we both wear them in our respective sports.

3/25/2009 4:11:04 PM


3/25/2009 3:51:52 PM


3/25/2009 3:47:16 PM

Some people will never learn.

3/25/2009 3:45:38 PM

I barrel race and need a light weight streamlined helmet. to prevent whiplash.

3/25/2009 3:05:35 PM

Cool Western styled hats (helmets)! Of course!

3/25/2009 3:05:32 PM

you only see one injury i.e. Natasha Richardson on a bunny slope and you will start wearing a helmet

3/25/2009 2:58:46 PM

You can't fix stupidity

3/25/2009 2:43:58 PM

something not so huge and wobbly feeling

3/25/2009 2:28:31 PM

Make it Fashionable and Manly at the same time. So many men wonth wear a helmut, not manly?

3/25/2009 2:23:53 PM

We need a decent looking protective Western style hat.

3/25/2009 2:10:30 PM

Knew someone who got a concussion, and still wouldn't wear one.

3/25/2009 1:54:05 PM

Going to a hospital & seeing head injury pt's

3/25/2009 1:50:38 PM

I've been educated and seen bad accidents. It still doesn't change minds.

3/25/2009 1:42:10 PM

all assoc. requireing them

3/25/2009 1:36:47 PM

My former trainer is in a permanent coma from a fall and no helmet

3/25/2009 1:33:43 PM

I didn't wear one until I cracked my head open. How dumb.

3/25/2009 1:28:29 PM

how bout a cowboy hat type helmet that isn't cost prohibitive

3/25/2009 1:21:06 PM

Those who don't wear helmets think nothing will ever happen to them. All it take is one accident.

3/25/2009 1:08:59 PM

helmets need to impact balance and vision range less

3/25/2009 12:57:09 PM

Falling on their heads

3/25/2009 12:32:29 PM

perhaps they are just dumb

3/25/2009 11:34:00 AM

A friend with a brain injury is very convincing.

3/25/2009 11:10:41 AM

A more comfortable, well ventilated helmet.

3/25/2009 11:08:09 AM

An accident may convince some folks but some never learn

3/25/2009 10:57:12 AM

there will always be people who want to exercise their freedom to choose no

3/25/2009 10:28:54 AM

not much will change someones mind except maybe an injury or death hitting close to home for them

3/25/2009 10:25:46 AM

i dont always wear mine. i have seen and experienced falls. i am just hard headed (no pun intended)

3/25/2009 10:00:32 AM

Education on head injuries PLUS more streamlined helmets would help

3/25/2009 9:49:57 AM

What a way to advertize your product

3/25/2009 9:45:50 AM

I think having complete body function cool looking

3/25/2009 9:36:45 AM

My helmet saved me from a serious head injury when my horse died under me

3/25/2009 9:28:44 AM

western style helmets

3/25/2009 9:13:42 AM

It should only take one head banging to be convinced they need to wear head protection

3/25/2009 9:08:35 AM

They know the danger. Don't believe it will happen to them.

3/25/2009 9:00:47 AM

some people can't be changed unfortunately even after seeing an accident

3/25/2009 8:58:56 AM

I can't understand how so many adults still have the 'it won't happen to me' mentality

3/25/2009 8:55:43 AM

If they have a friend who gets seriouslyinjured, they might reconsider.

3/25/2009 8:42:24 AM

proper fit

3/25/2009 8:38:20 AM

Comfort and appearance would be the only draw for some people.

3/25/2009 8:26:41 AM

death of a friend who had a minor bump like that actress might do it!

3/25/2009 8:25:29 AM

Need western hat type helmets.

3/25/2009 8:10:34 AM

Some people pick vanity over safty. Until they witness an injury. Sad.

3/25/2009 7:45:54 AM

For many, it would probably take lying in a hospital bed with a head injury

3/25/2009 7:16:25 AM

Some have the attitude it will never happen to me, therefore nothing will get them to wear a helmet.

3/25/2009 5:52:32 AM

Trainers should also be responsable for not letting their riders ride without a helmet

3/25/2009 4:35:46 AM

some people just have to learn too late, after their head is cracked. Its really sad isn't it?

3/25/2009 12:18:55 AM

head injuries are so preventable, wear a helmet!

3/25/2009 12:01:14 AM

reasonable price for good looking helmet

3/24/2009 11:20:56 PM

Hard to understand how anyone can argue against the importance of helmets.....

3/24/2009 11:13:11 PM

Is there even one truly good reason why NOT to wear a helmet?

3/24/2009 11:01:45 PM

I wear a helmet because 1> I got bucked off a big horse and it HURT 2> cooler looking helmets!

3/24/2009 10:18:48 PM

They need to look cool, cover the back of the head & be comfortable

3/24/2009 10:11:30 PM

Some heads are so hard, their owners don't realize they need a helmet.

3/24/2009 10:04:26 PM

if people saw their industry "heros" wearing them, they would too

3/24/2009 9:58:36 PM

I do not wear a helmet - I have been thinking about it more though, due to ads and seeing accidents

3/24/2009 9:57:38 PM

I've seen SO many riders who've crashed HARD & still don't wear helmets on ANY horse. ugh

3/24/2009 9:47:55 PM

natural horsemanship: embrace it and you won't need one or you will never ride again without one!

3/24/2009 9:45:53 PM

Realizing cool riders also wear helmets, not just special needs people. Peer pressure= cool or not.

3/24/2009 9:41:33 PM

Some people will never change their minds. What's bred in the bone comes out in the flesh.

3/24/2009 9:36:33 PM

I think it is tacky to have a TROXEL ad above this poll.

3/24/2009 9:33:57 PM

I always wear a helmet, but I believe many will NEVER wear one.

3/24/2009 9:30:53 PM

None of my friends nor I ever wore a helmet until I had a very serious accident.

3/24/2009 9:29:53 PM

I came off in a water crossing and my horse kicked me in the head 2x. Now I always wear a helmet.

3/24/2009 9:25:45 PM

My trainer's sister is in a vegetative state because she didn't wear her helmet. Enough said.

3/24/2009 9:25:23 PM

Qote from Dr. "I can fix most broken bones in the body, but I can't fisx a broken head."

3/24/2009 9:17:10 PM

the new helmets are not as protective as the old (1970's) ones--they almnost seem to exacerbate head

3/24/2009 9:13:17 PM

I've seem the video "Every time, every ride" make a real difference.

3/24/2009 9:05:00 PM

I know of a teenager in our area who has aquired brain injury from a horse falling on her

3/24/2009 8:45:01 PM

Some people will never wear helmets, and that should be their choice.

3/24/2009 8:19:36 PM

I saw a person wearing a helmet fall and injure her spine,rendering her paralyzed for life.

3/24/2009 8:15:04 PM

always wore mine. friend started when granddaughter was born, she caught on!

3/24/2009 8:12:28 PM

My friend had a fall when she was 16. Blood dripping off her boots, 4 weeks in hosp. ALWAYS wear 1

3/24/2009 8:11:24 PM

I owned a tack store. Some folks won't wear helmets. Macho, vain or just plain stupid. Who knows.

3/24/2009 8:09:11 PM

Being a nurse and seeing traumatic head injuries, nobody is immune from the dangers.

3/24/2009 7:53:23 PM

unfortunately, sometimes it takes a 2x4 to the head ... a fall to wake up sometimes

3/24/2009 7:49:26 PM

Not even Natasha Richardson's unfortunate bump on the head will convince some riders.

3/24/2009 7:48:57 PM

I have watched riders be badly injured Y their helmets - I want a breakaway harness

3/24/2009 7:43:15 PM

if you dont want to wear one ..you wont.. and I dont even tho I have one

3/24/2009 7:37:07 PM

Regardless of the statistics, they continue to ride without helmets.

3/24/2009 7:37:06 PM

They shoudl meet my good friend Lesley - rehab for life

3/24/2009 7:26:00 PM

until you see someone hurt because of lack of helmet =nothing will fizz on them

3/24/2009 7:21:23 PM

I suffered a severe head injury, but still will not wear a helmet its my choice

3/24/2009 6:50:12 PM

I always wear my helmet

3/24/2009 6:47:45 PM

the brain is such a fragile thing especially childrens. PLEASE encourage wearing of helmets.

3/24/2009 6:45:52 PM

Always Always wear a helmet. No excuses. Will save your brain/life.

3/24/2009 6:44:59 PM

Attitudes are in transition--change requires time, education & discipline-specific helmets.

3/24/2009 6:33:15 PM

It's a personal choice. Stop cramming thing down peoples throats. Right or wrg. It's their choice.

3/24/2009 6:24:32 PM

I began wearing a helmet after several friends had minor falls, but did get concussions.

3/24/2009 6:13:49 PM

My helmet saved me from a injury like the actress that recently died. I hit the back of my head hard

3/24/2009 6:04:25 PM

Nothing teaches as well as experience.

3/24/2009 6:01:34 PM

Nothing-some people want to exercise the right to kill themselves

3/24/2009 5:47:19 PM

Sometimes people must learn the hard way that they are not invincible.

3/24/2009 5:47:10 PM

the only people I know that have chaneged are ones who have accidents

3/24/2009 5:40:29 PM

Unfortunately, a lot of people just are not smart enough to protect themselves=more safety laws.

3/24/2009 5:39:26 PM

every one in my barn started wearing helmets after i survived a road acccident. i was told that i sh

3/24/2009 5:35:59 PM

Once I purchase a horse I will wear a helmet until I get my balance/confidence.

3/24/2009 5:21:57 PM

Cooler(better vented)helmets. Just bought an IRH ATH Elite, the breeze almost lifts it off my head!

3/24/2009 5:18:15 PM

Make a black tophat helment for dressage riders and formal saddleseat riders

3/24/2009 5:15:24 PM

Although you would think the recent head injuries and deaths reported in the news would help.

3/24/2009 5:11:29 PM

Some people need to be "scared straight"

3/24/2009 5:11:09 PM

I witnessed an accident in which wearing a helmet would have saved a life. Now I always wear one.

3/24/2009 5:08:59 PM

There's nothing like trauma to get a person to stay safe...

3/24/2009 5:06:30 PM

Unfortunately, education is great, but some only learn the hard way...experiencing an injury

3/24/2009 5:01:20 PM

Make them look more like cowboys hats for the Western riders

3/24/2009 5:00:20 PM

Accident - Assuming they have a mind left to change

3/24/2009 5:00:17 PM

seeing some one after a head injury realy brings it home how dangerus not wearing a helmet is,

3/24/2009 4:58:44 PM

Maybe-depends on person. Seems to be no middle ground. Either for or against helmets.

3/24/2009 4:58:41 PM

education is key! put aside the(it could never happen to me thought process

3/24/2009 4:53:03 PM

Want smaller, lighter, cooler helmet

3/24/2009 4:50:21 PM

My 18 y/o daughters life was saved by a Troxel helmet when she went head first into the arena wall.

3/24/2009 4:48:58 PM

I hope this would influence their decision, hopefully not having personal experience with injury.

3/24/2009 4:48:10 PM

Some folks just don't think harm will come to them

3/24/2009 4:46:48 PM

SHOULD BE mandatory for 16 & under, then maybe adults would follow suit!!!

3/24/2009 4:44:34 PM

Really, making them cool, via role models, competition rules, "part of the look"

3/24/2009 4:42:46 PM

A brain injury account directly from the horse's...horse riders mouths

3/24/2009 4:35:36 PM

Education & looks are non-issues anymore. Injury might do it if they're not too macho.

3/24/2009 4:34:26 PM

thinking about the ones left to take care of them if they are incapacitated

3/24/2009 4:31:56 PM

Never worn a helmet, had my share of spills, i never think about helmets, never have

3/24/2009 4:29:31 PM

Perhaps not being able to claim insurance if they do not wear a helmet?

3/24/2009 4:28:56 PM

increased ventillation

3/24/2009 4:27:05 PM

Go to an emergency room or ICU and have them observe someone who is paralyzed or brain dead.

3/24/2009 4:26:46 PM


3/24/2009 4:24:57 PM

The Video "Every Time...Every Ride" convinces a lot of people to wear them.

3/24/2009 4:17:46 PM

I know it worked on me after I fell on my (bare) head!

3/24/2009 4:14:25 PM

Hard to enjoy and care for your horses if someone is having to spoon feed you due to head trauma!

3/24/2009 4:12:40 PM

thye ar ejust plain stubborn

3/24/2009 4:10:25 PM

2 injuries in one summer caused my kids 4-H club to strat enforcing the helmet law

3/24/2009 4:08:48 PM

I think it is a personal choice & only up to the individual to "change their mind"

3/24/2009 4:07:43 PM

I have never fallen on my head in all of my 52 years.

3/24/2009 4:07:40 PM

I never used to wear a helmet voluntarily until I started training my young horse.

3/24/2009 4:06:08 PM

Mandates; Insurance Regs

3/24/2009 4:05:33 PM

but some people will never change, they've made up their mind

3/24/2009 4:03:56 PM

Some people will never be convinced, maybe they just have nothing to protect.

3/24/2009 4:02:33 PM

I ride with mostly Western riders on the trail. Almost NONE of them wear helmets.

3/24/2009 3:57:15 PM

Most people don't think anything will happen to them.

3/24/2009 3:57:14 PM

Question: is it really about saftey or making money?

3/24/2009 3:55:43 PM

I consistently, diplomatically educate on helmets. Unfortunately, "IT" has to happen to them to list

3/24/2009 3:55:41 PM

Sometimes it's the only thing to change their minds

3/24/2009 3:55:17 PM

Also insis that ALL riders under 18 wear helmets regardless of the discipline.

3/24/2009 3:53:41 PM

I wear a helmet, but don't think it shoud be a law. Wear your helmet and set an example.

3/24/2009 3:52:07 PM

If they ever saw a head injury or had to witness the long and arduous recovery for those who survive

3/24/2009 3:51:14 PM

I have broken 2 Troxel helmets in incidents (1 on ground). No one rides on my property without one!

3/24/2009 3:50:46 PM

Natasha Richardson

3/24/2009 3:50:31 PM

Some people are just silly enough to think it could never happen to them.

3/24/2009 3:44:57 PM

17 staples in my scalp, which still hurts 15 years later, made me a believer.

3/24/2009 3:44:23 PM

Thats a definate reason I wear one!!

3/24/2009 3:40:35 PM

Comfort. Too many helmets are made for round heads, which few people have.

3/24/2009 3:35:25 PM

A helmet saved a friends life. Has metal plate in head now but would be dead without that helmet.

3/24/2009 3:34:30 PM

For those who don't wear, not much will change their minds!

3/24/2009 3:32:19 PM

Even that probably wouldn't convince but should try.

3/24/2009 3:31:08 PM

A severe head injury for me and watching my friend convulse on the ground, was she dead or alive?

3/24/2009 3:26:44 PM

Most don't think it will ever happen to them until it does...might make them wear one afterwards

3/24/2009 3:24:08 PM

It's their head!

3/24/2009 3:20:36 PM

They should be made to bear the cost of all of their medical treatment and rehab if they are injured

3/24/2009 3:18:54 PM

see someone with a TBI

3/24/2009 3:18:32 PM

I wish that I could take people in the Operating Room with me, I am an OR nurse

3/24/2009 3:18:22 PM

Creating a Law

3/24/2009 3:17:59 PM

wearing a helmet should be your own choice, no one should tell you whether or not to wear one

3/24/2009 3:17:45 PM

Some folks won't learn til they touch the hot stove and get burned-I was one

3/24/2009 3:15:35 PM

I have witnessed an accident and the helmet saved her life. I'm 42 yrs old & I always wear a helmet

3/24/2009 3:14:01 PM

some just think nothing will happen to them. usually not lifelong horsemen

3/24/2009 3:13:24 PM

Visit a rehab center with "recovering" patients w/head trauma

3/24/2009 3:12:20 PM

maybe a pretty severe concussion

3/24/2009 3:09:34 PM

Unfortunately, those that believe it could never happen to me, will have to see it to believe it!!!!

3/24/2009 3:08:12 PM

Why risk it, my helmet has saved me more than once!

3/24/2009 2:57:39 PM

They think they're invinceable.

3/24/2009 2:52:09 PM

One only has to read/hear the news to realize the danger of a brain injury, even minor ones!

3/24/2009 2:44:20 PM

Many think nothing will happen to them. Darwin rules!

3/24/2009 2:42:47 PM

although cooler helmets might work better on younger riders

3/24/2009 12:51:01 PM

You can talk til your blue in the face but when a person see's or has a experience then doubt in min

3/24/2009 12:47:08 PM

people will do what they want, no matter what

3/24/2009 12:27:59 PM

Some do not wear hats for a reason. In a dressage test non-protective top hats are worn.

3/24/2009 11:36:39 AM

helmets are so ugly these days make them wild

3/24/2009 11:19:37 AM

this is what I here most often as an objection

3/24/2009 11:08:41 AM

Designing a nice-looking "Western" helmet would do wonders to increase its acceptance.

3/24/2009 10:51:44 AM

As a neurologist, I advocate helmets for everyone at all times; Head injuries are not pretty

3/24/2009 10:33:46 AM

We should have the right to decide to wear one or not.

3/24/2009 10:18:18 AM

Education is important, but I think most effective with young riders.

3/24/2009 10:16:23 AM

you can still get hurt wearing a helmet

3/24/2009 9:35:48 AM

people never think it can happen to them and/or they don't think through the consequences

3/24/2009 9:10:15 AM