The Civil Justice Coalition would like to thank Rep. Dale Walz for his vote in favor of joint and several liability reform on Monday, February 24. His leadership helped to pass this legislation by 30 votes in the House of Representatives.
Currently in Minnesota, any party found 16 percent or more at fault for an injury can be required to pay up to 100 percent of any court award if other defendants cannot pay it. This low threshold encourages plaintiffs to seek out "deep pockets" as potential defendants. Thirty nine other states have abolished joint and several liability, have never applied it or have a higher threshold of fault. The legislation passed on Monday raises the threshold of fault to "more than 50 percent" before a defendant can be liable for 100 percent of the damages and brings Minnesota more in line with its neighboring states.
The Civil Justice Coalition is comprised of more than 70 organizations representing business, non-profits, local governments and school districts, appreciates the commitment of Representative Walz on the reasonable and fair civil justice reform.
David C. Olson
President, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Chair, Civil Justice Coalition
This letter is in regards to the letter about Dad's rights printed on Friday, Feb. 28. I am the mother of the "two children," Alex and Brandon that she mentioned besides Dakota. I am so appalled to see in print, the closed mindedness of people in our community on domestic violence. When will we ever stop victimizing the victims in our society? No one has stated that we, as mothers are trying to take away a dad's right to be a parent. Sure there are a few cases out there with one parent or the other "playing games," but to generalize something of the two cases she writes about is absolutely absurd. The government programs she is bashing are there to help stop domestic violence and promote safe living. To me this is a real problem concerning children and not taxpayers wasted money. It is because of people with this type of thought process we will continue to have a system that fails our children and unfortunately and in all probability will result in the death of more children from parental abuse.
It is serious
"Is it serious?" To attack our President for leading our Nation away from the quagmire of international treaties that would destroy our national sovereignty is indeed serious; it shows the thinking behind the haters of this Republic who would displace our liberties and freedoms with the tyranny of secular humanism's socialism/communism. President Bush's rejected attempts to obtain "permission" from an international conclave of America haters to defend America from these same haters shows the danger America faces. And to place ourselves under the "mercy" of the UN and Kyoto Protocol? You cannot be serious!!
Our president's firm stand against our international enemies shows bravery, not the cowardice of his predecessor. A coward would acquiesce to the conclave, appeasing them to keep a "false" peace, only on their terms. Chamberlain appeased Hitler -- World War II resulted.
The writer of the "It is serious?" Forum letter of March 5 also attacked American citizens as "so corrupt...(we) need despotic government...a plutocratic tyranny" (Feb 26) after attacks upon "right wing Christian America" (Feb 17 and others). He fails to connect the dots between his "corrupt" citizenry and the denial of Biblical ethics and morals (Ten Commandments, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer in schools, which he also seems to relish attacking).
"We the People" became a Republic under the wise guidance of Bible-believing, God-fearing framers of the Constitution who had left the tyranny of taxation and religious persecution in England and the Continent. "We the People" dare not subjugate our freedoms and liberty to "The world" conclave that hates us, as this same writer opines we should do (Jan 28). It is made up of Bible-haters, secular humanists, radical Moslems and communists who would destroy America. I for one will stand with my President's defense of America.
God bless our President..and God bless America!
I read with interest the recent article in the Dispatch about the local volunteers going to Honduras to build a church.
Obviously, the volunteers are kind, caring individuals, but I think they have their priorities mixed up.
In their own words the Hondurans said what they needed was "food for my family and education for my children."
I think the resources (plane fares, donated building funds, etc.) could be much better utilized by staying home and sending the funds to local contacts. The funds could be used for buildings (schools and health clinics) and supplies and organizing community gardens.
Why war now?
Why is it so imperative to go to war with Iraq now? No one in this administration has given a compelling reason to bring our considerable war making ability down on Iraq at the present time.
If anything, as the situation with North Korea deteriorates daily, a more compelling argument can logically be made to bring war to North Korea!
The sad fact is that we are threatened by radical fanatics who are hard to find and harder to destroy. Yet that threat has "fallen off the screen" in light of the daily war preparation towards Iraq.
All this would be less meaningful if our country wasn't faced with so many difficult issues not having anything to do with military and war.
Our way of life is in peril from within by corporate greed and corruption, political cronyism and growing estrangement from our friends and allies in an ever changing world. Basic government services are drying up social services, along with a misaligned health care system and a truly gloomy job market. Folks, "It don't look good!"
Something is seriously out of whack in America and it seems to be our moral compass! "Might may make right," but it ain't right, right?
Draft the money
War is a terrible way to go when the problem can be settled another way. Sometimes war can't be avoided, here we must be careful and not just postpone it. We made this mistake before and should have learned from it. War takes men and money, in other wars we used the draft to get men, now where should we get the money? I think we should draft the money from those that have more then they need. If money was drafted as well as men, then maybe we wouldn't have so many wars and they wouldn't last very long. Our country has a lot of millionaires and some billionaires, so the burden wouldn't be on just a few.
I was a staff sergeant in a rifle platoon in Gen. Patton's third army, World War II, and saw what a war does to a country and the people involved.
It doesn't seem right for a soldier to come home from the war and have to help pay for the war and the rebuilding of the country we just defeated.
If our government can draft men for the war then they should also draft the money to pay for the war.
Fluorides involved in manufacturing atomic bombs, depleted uranium weaponry and Sarin nerve gas are deadly.
Likewise, he highly concentrated fluoride agent (hydrofluosilicic acid) used to artificially fluoridate U.S. municipal drinking water supplies also causes extreme illness and death.
After 9/11, the New York City police took increased security precautions concerning trucks carrying hydrofluosilicic acid in their city. To their credit, the law men understood just how potentially lethal the trucks cargoes were.
Before allowing trucks to deliver fluoridation chemicals to the city water treatment facilities twice a day, the New York police have insisted that truckers present proper drivers licenses and registration numbers.
NYC residents now have a four-month reprieve from fluoridation due to water systems repair work. If all U.S. fluoride programs were terminated immediately, massive amounts of dangerous hydrofluosilicic acid would discontinue being such a hazard on thoroughfares and in the nation's municipal water works plants.
Fluoridation does not reduce tooth decay. Fluorides have been implicated in increased rates of Alzheimer's, birth defects, bone diseases, cancer, dental fluorosis and passivity. Even so, New Yorkers must pay $6 million a year for their city's hazardous industrial waste fluoride supply.
People in other U.S.. cities and states are also experiencing similar woes from the government "forced medication" of fluoride administered through public water systems. (Because of fluoride's numerous harmful effects, most countries do not fluoridate their citizens!)
Washington legislators should be urged not to support any legislation which mandates and/or funds water fluoridation. Current fluoridation programs should be ended.
For further information, please check www.fluoridealert.org or write: New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc., P.O. Box 263, Old Bethpage, NY 11804-0263.
Reject dangerous fluorides for health and safety's sake.
Elaine Jensen Chesley
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