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V oices Your Editorial Board Contact: Many people, one voice Bill Koch Ron Wallace Tina Reader Phone: (352) 365-8208 Bill Koch Don Hunsberger FAX: (352) 365-1951 Gene Packwood E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, January 30, 2010 The Daily Commercial A11 OUR VOICE Safer is Dan Walters Sacramento Bee better at Lawsuits Sumter jail battle renewed H ITS AND MISSES is a weekly opportunity for the Daily G overnors and other Commercial’s editorial board California politicians to share with readers its views on come to the Capitol and eventually go away, some recent decisions handed down by to other political venues and government or activities by local some to obscurity. residents and organizations. As they come and go, how- ever, thousands of interest Hit: This one goes to the Sumter groups and their professional County jail. The county’s new warriors remain, fighting and re-fighting battles for decades. expanded facility recently installed None of those conflicts is cameras for video conferencing more enduring than “tort war,” between visitors and inmates. OT H E R V O I C E S the struggle over the rules gov- erning injury lawsuits waged This allows for more and safer vis- its. Hit: Literally. Sort of. The Obama back in campaign mode by trial lawyers. While some of their clashes are obvious, others are less so, involving surrogates and side O h, good grief! We’re back in ing to wait until Obama was Groveland council made it illegal campaign mode again. halfway through his speech before issues, and for the most part, When everyone demanded he even mentioned his failed 2009 it’s been a stalemate. for people to shoot their guns in the Ann In 1975, then-Gov. Jerry President Barack Obama’s Plan B a top priority of improving health air during celebrations. The fear was week ago, after he lost his fili- McFeatters insurance. Brown signed the medical mal- the falling bullets might hit some- buster-proof 60th vote in the The president also is still not giv- practice law, capping pain and Senate and thus quick passage of Scripps Howard News suffering damages, that person- one. ing us specifics for how new jobs Service al injury lawyers hate. any health-care-overhaul plan, his will be created by small businesses Shooting pistols at the heavens is In the waning months of his first reaction was to hire back his Obama independents.) that can’t get loans or afford governorship, Arnold a scene that belongs in a western, 2008 campaign manager. So much Beset with the worst economy employee health insurance. As for Schwarzenegger has decided to not 2010 Groveland. for insisting that he’s tired of the since the Great Depression, two his claim that he’s helped 2 million go on offense, embracing 24/7 campaigning that goes on in wars, a failing infrastructure, public Americans keep their jobs, there’s major changes in tort law as Hit: Lake County kids. But only if Washington. distrust of institutions, a catastro- no way to prove or disprove that. part of his economic stimulus you bring in pocket change to help After 29 assertions in his State of Obama isn’t even specific about phe in Haiti, a $12 trillion national package and saying he wants the Union speech that he will how he plans to get Republicans to children in Haiti. debt and falling poll numbers, to short-circuit “frivolous law- fight, fight, fight for jobs, jobs, work with him. (His fabled beer suits that kill jobs.” Obama is working on ... falling poll Schools are participating in the jobs, he went to Tampa, Fla., where summit may have worked with the The proposals include tight- numbers. he said, “I ran to fight for people. Boston police officer, but a few ening up on class-action law- Kids Helping Kids project. If each ... I’ve been fighting all my adult Obama’s challenges are huge. But at least he should be relieved that brewskis are unlikely to seduce suits that can often generate youngster brings in at least a quar- life. ... Change never comes with- Capitol Hill Republicans into vot- big payouts to lawyers and out a fight.” he did not appoint the philander- ter, the local project would raise ing John Edwards as attorney gen- ing for his policies and cheering, their clients, restrictions on the The current “change” he’s talk- “Yes, we can!,” at the drop of a size of punitive damages, and $10,000. That’s enough to send ing about seems to be changing the eral. We all acknowledge that Obama presidential signal.) shielding sellers of defective 45,000 meals to the island. chant from “Health-insurance Obama also is promising that goods from liability if they are reform now!” to “A job for every is a great speaker. It’s a pleasure to Miss: And we’re certainly pleased listen to him talk to us as adults. he’ll work to end the policy of “mere conduits of a product.” American!” Nice work if you can “don’t ask, don’t tell” which is used The proposals are long- with this one. A report that a torna- get it. It’s even impossible to find a GOP legislator who will (publicly, at to drive openly gay service men sought goals of the Civil Justice do skipped by Lady Lake early As supporters cheered him in Association of California, the least) say he/she doesn’t personally and women out of the military. Tampa, he said he will rein in the business-backed anti-trial Monday was false. The National deficit by asking Congress to pass a like the president. But, once again, there were no However, it should be noted that specifics on how or when he’ll do lawyer lobby. Its centerpiece Weather Service confirmed that the partial budget freeze, spend billions crackdown on class action suits on a second stimulus (a/k/a jobs) Senate Democratic leader Harry it. report was wrong — no tornado, but Reid yawned as the president gave Obama told the happy, clapping is aimed largely at the so-called bill, help students pay off college “strike suits” filed against definitely a winter storm. And loans, put $8 billion into high- his whither-the-country speech. crowd in Tampa, “I have never been more hopeful about our newly minted technology Florida winter storm at that. speed rail, raise defense spending And Justice Samuel Alito shook his future than I am right now.” firms when their stock prices and cut taxes for working families. head, apparently muttering “not Miss: This one goes to Leesburg’s We are reassured that at least fluctuate. Shades of Ronald Reagan, who true,” when Obama, a constitution- there’s one person who believes John Sullivan, who heads Christian Worship Center. But not solemnly promised to increase al lawyer, condemned a Supreme the group, said California law is defense spending, balance the Court ruling as “opening the flood- that. Or who says he does. And for anything bad or wrong. The who, in year two of his presidency, “the perfect tool for filing a budget and cut taxes! But, hey, gates to special interests.” At least class action lawsuit,” and such church held a mortgage burning cer- Reagan was very popular and had he didn’t shout, “You lie!,” as has is ready to fight. suits mushroomed after federal emony last weekend. We’re sure that the support of Reagan Democrats. happened before to this president. tort law was overhauled in Scripps Howard columnist Ann document is one they won’t MISS. Today, there is no such thing as But Obama’s silver tongue aside, McFeatters has covered the White House 2005. Obama Republicans. (Lately, there I am tired of hearing no specifics and national politics since 1986. E-mail Not surprisingly, Sullivan’s Hit: Well, we’ll just have to wait don’t even seem to be that many about a health-care plan and hav- email@example.com. archenemy demurs. “In this era and see. Crews were busy shooting a of Wall Street profiteering, it’s full-length film in Fruitland Park. sad that Gov. Schwarzenegger It’s called “The Old Livingston YO U R V O I C E is proposing restrictions on Californians’ legal rights when they’re needed more than House: A Teenage Adventure,” and Dems do the work, laws and benefitted bankers. Arabs added insult to injury when they “Political Appointee” from their personnel records by becoming per- ever,” said Christopher Dolan, it’s an adventure story involving head of the lawyer lobby. “This teens and an old house. And — bet GOP gets the credit took Americans hostage and released them one minute after manent federal employees who helped pave the way for the idea of an explosion of frivo- you didn’t figure this one — a map. When Richard Nixon was presi- Ronald Reagan was inaugurated. impeachment of Bill Clinton which lous lawsuits is a fiction, (but) dent, the United States controlled Democrats went after Reagan was more pay back for Nixon. class actions remain a crucial more than ninety percent of the because of his illegal actions in With all of the cards stacked in deterrent to dangerous prod- world's wealth and set the price of Nicaragua and he was saved only his favor, George H. W. Bush still ucts, workplace abuses and oil purchased from the Arabs by the Congressional purjuries of managed to become the worst pres- consumer rip-offs.” because the United States was their Colonel Oliver North and Admiral ident in American history and What are the tort package’s major customer. Poindexter. almost succeeded in turning our chances? The newspaper of choice for Lake country into a dictatorship with the When Democrats forced the res- Pope John Paul II worked behind “Although there has been no and Sumter counties since 1875 help of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. ignation of President Nixon, the scenes to stir up the Polish peo- movement by the Legislature Letters Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, ple. When Gorbachev saw that the The rancor of the Republicans on this package so far, we Letters are limited to 350 words on a single issue of continues with unprecedented expect them to take action on with Republican consent, told opposition to Russia was more than public concern. They must be original, signed with opposition to President Obama by these bills before the end of the Arabs to raise the price of oil. it could financially cope with in a voting as a unit in Congress. the full name of the writer. Letters should be type- special session,” Aaron McLear, Jimmy Carter was the unfortunate hostile world, he decided that the However, many Democrats have written and include the writer’s address and tele- the governor’s press secretary, Democrat to follow Nixon and Berlin wall would come down, sold their souls by accepting legal said. phone number for verification. Letters will be edited Republicans vowed to make his a which the Republicans claimed as a bribes from special interest groups. Don’t hold your breath. The for length, grammar and clarity. failed presidency. victory for President Reagan. May God help us. The Republicans Legislature’s Democratic major- No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to The increased price of oil caused President Reagan appointed and some dishonest Democrats cer- ity is symbiotically welded to third parties will be published. 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