February 1, 2004 Letters

first_imgFebruary 1, 2004 Letters I read the inspiring story about attorney Nancy Lugo’s kidney donation in the January 1 News. While not many people have the courage to donate an organ while alive, many of us who have signed organ donor cards would like to give someone a second chance at life before our demise.Here is how. While you are donating blood, you can ask to join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. Thousands of children and adults have leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases, and need marrow or stem cells to survive. Most of them cannot find a match in their own families, or even among other donors. The more adults who donate, the more likely they’ll find a match.You can save someone’s life right now. It just takes a little blood to become part of the registry. Please remember this the next time you donate blood.Laurie Kaufman Amber South MiamiBriefly.. . February 1, 2004 Regular News Rule of Lawcenter_img I have great respect for Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, but I think he is wrong when he says 88 new judgeships are needed to “ensure the rule of law in Florida is not compromised.”The governor and legislature have already compromised the rule of law in Florida, although we hope not irreparably. Consider Ms. Schiavo, the annual jousting with Roe v. Wade, the movement to give the governor carte blanche in appointment of judges, etc. The question now is whether salvation is possible.We have precedent for our pessimism. The response of the governor and legislature to the underfunding of public education (resulting in crowded schools and ill-prepared students) was to further reduce funding for public schools and divert millions of public dollars into private and “virtual” schools that need not hire qualified staff or be accredited, need not account for the educational progress of their students, and apparently need not even account for their use of public funds.If the governor and legislature do to the judicial system what they did to public schools, I would look for public funds to be drained into a private system in which all proceedings are closed except to the participants, there are no court reporters or appeals, no record of proceedings except perhaps a notation of the result, “courts” make up their own rules as they go along, and convene in storefronts, warehouses, and private homes, or on-line in virtual courtrooms, and “judges” need have no qualifications to serve.We (the Bar) may find ourselves doing for the judicial system what the parents of public school students have to do just to see that public schools have basic facilites and supplies — organize bake sales, sell t-shirts, volunteer one day a week as a J A or deputy clerk, donate legal pads, gavels, and black robes.The chief justice’s request to the governor and legislature for more judges, though quite rational and realistic, may be the most doomed, heartrending plea since Ruby took her love to town.Bill Manikas Boynton BeachThe Gift of Life I was rather amused to read my brother’s letter to the editor in the January 1 News regarding his correction of the citation to Judge Kent’s opinion in the November 15 article “Briefly: How not to write one.” I found it even more amusing, and again ironic, that the editors misspelled the section of the letters to the editor: “Briefy: How not to write one.” Once again, creating an unexpected error to a key part of the article/letter.Could this be a play on words by The Florida Bar News, or is this a joke with the readers that the same editors would make another mistake on the same article? Hopefully, by the next edition another one of our family members will not have to send you a third correction.Once again, you should be disappointed with your editors.Grant A. Kuvin Winter Parklast_img

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