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I apologize for not reading your story more carefully.
But if you knew that Murphy was a child at the time of the accident, why does the case upset you? There is no way to anticipate the boorish future behavior of people. If there were, many professional athletes would never sign the big contracts they have.
I suppose that your story just hit a sore point with me. Every few months the internet circulates “factual” accounts of mind-boggling legal settlements. Few, if any, of these tales bear any relationship to reality. I know because I routinely check them out, using my resources as an attorney. So when I saw yet another story about an “unfair” lawsuit, by a writer I respect, I was disappointed.
In my own defense though, I am a fairly careful reader, and if I missed your reference to Murphy’s age at the time of the incident, I suspect that many other TAS readers did the same. The piece came across as “teenage burglar gets unjust reward.”p>Again, I apologize for a rash, and probably overlong, reply. br> — Bob /p> p> Ralph R. Reiland replies: br> All’s ok … and today’s law thing to be mad about is the N.Y. jury finding the guilty terrorists only 32% to blame for the first World Trade Center bombing (and the deeper pocketed building owner 68% at fault). /p> p> CHARLIE CHOPPED br> Re: Debra Poore’s letter (under “Charlie Brown Remembers”) in Reader Mail’s A Charlie Brown Holiday and Lisa Fabrizio’s The Ghosts of Christmas Presence : /p> p>In Debra Poore’s December 1 letter about “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” she wonders if the old TV special has been chopped up for more commercials. Actually, it has. Towards the end, where Charlie Brown is leaving the auditorium and going out into the night with his little Christmas tree, there is now a brief commercial. This has been going on for many years now. But in the earliest broadcasts, there was no commercial interruption. He simply leaves and walks to Snoopy’s heavily decorated doghouse — no interruptions. br> — John Lockwood br> Washington, D.C. br> /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?