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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor May 24, 2016

2/4/2014 1:10:00 PM
More lawyers = decline of civilization?


I noticed on the back page of your Jan. 30 paper a large ad about exposure to asbestos related to three local businesses.  It got me to thinking about America's lawyers again and I immediately got indigestion and had to take an Alka-Seltzer.  The reason it got me to thinking about them is that I am not in favor of their profession.  Ever since they were allowed to advertise it seems the nation has gone sue-crazy.  They can always find a reason to sue people and then you have to get your own lawyer to defend yourself many times just in hopes of a settlement.  Seems like they've found a good way to stimulate their businesses and drive Americans to distraction.  What ever happened to just standing before a judge and stating your own case?

   I remember the good old days when a punch in the nose or a paddling in school corrected a lot of bad behavior.  Today everyone is afraid to do "anything" for fear of law suits.  I truly believe this is why many folks don't want to confront bad behavior, speak out about injustices, discipline students, intercede in crimes, and many other events that used to be common practices.  I truly believe the increase in lawyers has led to the decline in civilized behavior due to fear of being sued.  I also believe this increase has led to the problems related to passing laws.  Lawyers weasel-word laws to death rather than using some basic common sense language that the average citizen can understand. 

Just take a look at the recent Illinois concealed carry law.  158 pages of confusing gobbledygook that more confuses the law than clarifies it.  I know because I read it and it took four aspirins to relive the headache. 

   I hope our state and federal representatives read this because I want to send them my beliefs.  I do not support one dollar of my tax money going to provide grants or tuition to pay for the education of anyone leading to a law degree.  We have more than enough of them now and we don't need any more.  I've heard there are more jokes about lawyers than any other profession - wonder why?

   I feel "fairly" comfortable expressing my opinion about lawyers since freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution.  Sure hope one of them hasn't figured out a way to circumvent that and sues me for bad-mouthing their profession.  But - if they have I think they'd have to sue the majority of America since I don't think I'm alone in my beliefs.


Phil Montgomery


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