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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Frivolous lawsuits hurt health care
I'm a retired dentist. A concern to me my whole career was trial lawyers who will sue on the basis that if they lose, they will not charge the client. If they win, they keep a large part of the settlement.
My malpractice insurance company, and others, will write a check if it is cheaper than defending the medical practitioner, guilty or not. Such trial lawyers only have to file a suit and get a check.
If a practitioner is guilty of malpractice and patients suffer, I have no problem with them using the courts to settle things. But there are many people looking for jackpot justice. I knew a dentist who was sued, had that cloud hanging over him for almost three years, won the suit, quit practice, then killed himself.
I took a lot of defensive X-rays and dismissed patients from my practice whom I perceived as threats. I am sure I was not the only one. Who suffers from this? The patient.
The solution is for the loser to pay all expenses, but trial lawyers send too much money to politicians for this to happen. Perhaps when Obamacare kicks in, this will change.
JAMES K. MORGAN
Newspaper adds to breakfast
I love having fresh raspberries with my breakfast bar each morning. My husband, Stan, and I look forward to reading the paper each morning.
Saturday, as I ate my raspberries while reading The Roanoke Times, I realized the cost of the newspaper was less than the raspberries -- and the enjoyment lasted longer. Food for thought.
Only the needy seem to suffer
I'm ashamed of our government and so-called leaders. The sequester will cause 4 million people in America to lose their daily Meals on Wheels.
What? We just gave how many millions to Jordan? We are going to tell 4 million American seniors who have worked their whole lives for minimum wage and can't draw enough Social Security to live on that we are not going to provide their basic necessity.
Why do all the cuts Washington makes seem to affect only children, the elderly and the integrity of our country's basic needs and freedoms?
The black community got 1 million men to march in Washington; maybe it's time all of us march on Washington.
What happened to "we the people"? Now it's "those people versus us people."
How has the greatest country in the world sunk to this low?
Seniors and children do not have basic necessities.
Jobs are taken away from families, and we put them on unemployment, another government program, and think that's beneficial.
"God" is written on every building in Washington. Maybe it's time to put him back. Let us pray that he still lives in our hearts and hears our needs.
Nation needs to work together on gun rules
I'm sure that people who live in cities don't see gun regulations the same way hunters and hobbyists do. The deaths of children have more impact in a city than the pleasures of the hunt. We all need to respect each other's point of view.
Why does Virginia permit unlimited purchases of weapons and wink at the gun show loophole?
Why does any hobbyist need to purchase firearms without limitations?
Where does anyone think those superfluous purchases wind up?
We need to work together as a nation to respect regional differences and formulate comprehensive, national gun regulation.
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