October 1, 2005 Letters Letters Kids in Adult Prison It was good for the News to recognize the good work of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Florida State University College of Law. But aren’t we missing something here?It is an outrage to have children as young as 13 in an adult prison. How can it not be cruel and unusual punishment? The cruelty and mean spiritedness of our legislature and executive knows no bound. Where is the hue and cry for change?Florida does not love or care for its children. One look at the budget makes that very clear. Eleanor L. Schockett Miami Representing ‘the People’ As a prosecutor, I was outraged by the shallow generalizations and biased conclusions made by Sandy D’Alemberte, as reported in the August 15 News article “Lawyers Must Retain Their Link to the People.”According to D’Alemberte, only general practitioners, some trial lawyers, legal aid attorneys, public interest lawyers, and criminal defense attorneys provide the vital “link between the people and the aristocrats.” D’Alemberte purposefully excluded prosecutors from this group because in his opinion “many” prosecutors “are less concerned with justice than they are with conviction rates and length of sentences imposed, and avoiding a perception they are soft on crime.” I respect Mr. D’Alemberte’s opinion, but I invite him to spend a day in my office and I will prove him wrong.Prosecutors are down in the trenches (underpaid and overworked) representing the most vulnerable members of “the people”— the victims of crime. Prosecutors represent “the people” who have been burglarized, raped, robbed, maimed, and murdered. We see grief and pain every day in the faces of “the people.” To accuse prosecutors of only caring about conviction rates and length of sentences is insulting. It is as insulting as my stating in this letter that private attorneys do not represent “the people” because many general practitioners, trial lawyers, and criminal defense lawyers only care about wealth and fancy lifestyles. Such a statement would be irresponsible and offensive to those in private practice.Mr. D’Alemberte’s speech gives the impression that “the people” only include defendants and victims of unaccountable corporations. Only those lawyers in the fancy buildings, with the fancy salaries, driving fancy cars and, of course, those who represent criminal defendants, are Toqueville’s “link.” Mr. D’Alemberte’s comments are unfair and demeaning to prosecutors. Most prosecutors serve with dignity and respect. Prosecutors do not serve “the people” for wealth and fancy lifestyles. We serve because we care. Our link to “the people” is real and undeniable. Juan Carlos Arias Plantation The Name Game The August 15, News column about practicing law under one’s “official Bar name” had me scrambling to discover whether I was in compliance with the rule. I must confess I have never practiced in 26 years using my full middle name, merely the middle initial, and that I am, apparently, now in some jeopardy.I suspect many other lawyers and judges have likewise used their middle initial and not their full middle name. In order to keep the Supreme Court from being swamped with petitions to change “official Bar names,” perhaps the Bar could simply obtain a ruling on whether customary, nonfraudulent use of initials violates the rule.Interestingly, and with all due respect to the final arbiter of Bar ethics, the Florida Supreme Court, I was heartened to see by comparing names listed in the Florida Supreme Court’s official Web site with The Florida Bar’s official Web site, that of the currently seated seven justices, four use their middle initial (instead of their full middle name), one uses a first initial (instead of his full first name), and two are in punctilious compliance.This level of noncompliance with an exacting interpretation of the rule probably exists statewide. Assuming 5/7th of the 76,000 lawyers need to file name change petitions, the Supreme Court will be flooded with more than 54,000 petitions to correct a perceived ill I do not understand.Might I suggest reasonable compliance with the “official name” rule is met by the nonmisleading and customary use of initials? Richard P. Reinhart Orlando Hurricane Katrina While there is plenty of blame to go around for what has gone wrong with Hurricane Katrina, it is not a particular person or a particular agency that fell down. Our very notion of government failed us.Listening to the heart-wrenching frustration surrounding the aftermath of Katrina, I hear Americans of all backgrounds voicing their dismay and shock over the failure of government to timely and adequately respond. But I also marvel that many, if not most, of these people have supported a system of low taxation and “smaller government.” These are Democrats and Republicans who rejoiced over tax cuts. The same people who are fighting right now to abolish the estate tax are shouting that the government did not respond fast enough in New Orleans.We are the Americans who, for two generations now, have said that private corporations can do it all better and that “big government” is so 1930s. This view of government, having to be there when we need it but our unwillingness to pay, has got to stop. Katrina blew home the point that while we can take pride in the wealth of America, the nation could be doing a lot more in providing for its citizenry. One look at the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and only a blind man would miss the point of a major racial divide and a link to poverty.How long will it take us to learn what the older countries take for granted? Of the 18 most highly developed nations, America ranks second to last in taxes. If you want a high quality of life, your nation must provide a high level of core services, and those core services must be funded by you and me.I have always respected the right of others to think differently, but now it has cost my country hundreds of lives, a gigantic financial loss and decades of future human suffering. Some people believe that government should provide less infrastructure and that people who accumulate wealth through hard work and sacrifice will be able to pay for the rest. This argument appeals to that age-old archetype of American ruggedness and self-reliance.Before Hurricane Katrina I disagreed with but respected the view of less government. Now, I see the tangible and horrific consequences of a nation that has swung way too far in avoiding collective responsibility in favor of individual responsibility. There is a balance that must be achieved. A nation should not and cannot be provider of everything to every person. But, my God, this country, great in so many other ways, should have been able to save many of those lives lost to this tragedy. No one person or agency has failed us. Our own idea of government is what has failed us.Now is the time, while the winds have turned people around, to commit to the notion of government as providing more of what we need and to manifest the culture of collective responsibility in paying for it. We can still be a country of rugged individualism and limitless possibilities for success, but we will also have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that was so evidently denied to many Americans. Scott M. Solkoff Boynton Beach October 1, 2005 Letters
Mont du Lac Recreation is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, to dredge 2.4 acres of the St. Louis River in Mont Du Lac Bay and to discharge fill material into 0.07-acre of its adjacent wetlands. The deadline for sending comments on the proposed work is February 11, 2019. The project also includes the construction the construction of a canoe/kayak launch and associated access path and installation of a pier with four boat slips. USACE also added that the area would be dredged to a depth of 6.5 feet mean low water datum with 4:1 side slopes. It is anticipated that the dredging would be completed via mechanical methods using amphibious excavation and material transport equipment. Dredged material would be transported to an upland area for stockpiling and dewatering. According to the Corps, the proposed project – located Douglas County, Wisconsin – involves dredging to deepen an area of shallow marsh and shallow open water in Mont Du Lac Bay measuring approximately 215 feet long by 11 feet wide and dredging a channel to the St. Louis River approximately 925 feet long by 30 feet wide to allow for boat access and docking.
Mr. Ernest William “Ernie” Lipperd Sr., age 86, of Versailles, Indiana, Ernie entered this life on February 16, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of the late, Ernest Henry and Hazel Snow (Beach) Lipperd. He was raised in Versailles, Indiana and later moved to Cambridge, Ohio where he was a 1947 graduate of Cambridge High School. As a child, Ernie worked at the Elrod Creamery in Elrod, Indiana. Ernie was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1947, serving in Trinidad. He was honorably discharged in 1950. Ernie was united in marriage on December 27, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Dolly Melvina Brinson and to this union arrived three daughters and three sons to bless their home. Ernie and Dolly shared nearly 62 loving years of marriage together until his death. Ernie was employed for Borden’s Dairy in Shelbyville, Indiana. Ernie was a former Engineer for the Kroger Company, retiring in February 1989 after 32 years of service. Ernie and Dolly farmed on the family farm in Bennington, Indiana, from 1971 to 2013 when they moved to the Versailles community. Ernie attended the Crossroads Community Wesleyan Church in Holton, Indiana. Ernie enjoyed farming all of his life, antiques, gardening and especially raising his blackberry’s. Ernie will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Ernie passed away with his loving family by his side at 3:15 am, Sunday, June 26, 2016, at his residence in Versailles, Indiana.Ernie will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 62 years: Dolly Melvina (Brinson) Lipperd of Versailles, IN; his daughters: Marcia Ann Chism of Newark, OH, Renee Lee Wise and her husband: Fred of Lebanon, OH and Mavis Marilyn Cope and her husband: Rick of Whiteland, IN; his sons: Ernest Henry Lipperd and his wife: Amy of Versailles, IN and Robert David Lipperd and his wife: Rhonda of Madison, IN; his 19-grandchildren and his 26-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents: Ernest Henry and Hazel Snow (Beach) Lipperd; his son: Terry Randall Lipperd, died in 1996 and his half-sister: Evelyn Lostutter.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Pastor John Blair, Sr.,at the Crossroads Community Wesleyan Church, 5112 West US 50 Holton, Indiana 47023.Interment will follow in the Washington Cemetery, Elrod, Indiana.Friends may call 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the Crossroads Community Wesleyan Church 5112 West US 50 Holton, Indiana 47023.Memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads Community Wesleyan Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.