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  • Letters
     View of freedomcuts only one wayBishop Kevin C. Rhoades’ Aug. 31 piece (“Dangerous intrusion on religious freedom”) puts forth a one-sided and ultimately tyrannical view of religious freedom.
  • Letters
    Prescription law unfairlyhandcuffs pain sufferers September is Pain Awareness Month, bringing attention to the more than83 million people nationwide who suffer from chronic pain.
  • Letters
    Prescription law unfairlyhandcuffs pain sufferersSeptember is Pain Awareness Month, bringing attention to the more than83 million people nationwide who suffer from chronic pain.


Alternative-fuel future is the adult decision

Excited voices are being raised these days over what we do to manage the fossil fuels we are exploiting. Many of these pressing demands arise from a child-like presumption that we just have to utilize these still-available resources now, to preserve our dependent, flourishing economy and enhance “our” skyrocketing corporate profits.

That sort of thinking takes no cognizance of consequences. Coal-fueled energy production and our automobiles are already heating up the atmosphere to the point that our glaciers are melting and low-lying coastal areas are being inundated by rising seas.

Our own life experiences are being somewhat compromised by our pursuit of immediate gratification of our desires for immediate comforts and profits. But the consequences are threatening the quality of life for our children and grandchildren and even their very survival.

We must remind ourselves of our responsibilities for our children’s future. We have to decide to get serious about ending our captivity to fossil fuels. We must recognize our responsibility now to turn to the development of safe, renewable energy resources.

Our revised personal behavioral choices, coupled with new, protective local and national policies, will be the indicators of our willingness to make adult decisions now about our shared future.

We have to stop burying our heads in the sand of our present self-interests.


Scrutiny of Brown will reach new level

We should congratulate Liz Brown for her victory over Ken Fries. We learned that Fries is indeed a sheriff, but he was not necessarily perceived to be suited for the position of state senator. Also, Brown does have political “glitter,” but as we know, everything that glitters is not gold.

Thirty-eight years ago, conservatives nominated a political rising star by the name of Dan Quayle, who also possessed political glitter. Later, we found that he was not thoughtful nor well read in classical literature. Hopefully, Brown can rise above Quayle and show that having a law degree is not necessarily an indication of mediocrity.


Lengthy eviction process inconvenient for landlords

I am a little puzzled about the timeframe for filing evictions. When a landlord files an eviction, it takes three to four weeks to get into court for the first hearing, and then another four to six weeks to get into the second hearing, the damage hearing. Meanwhile, after the first filing, rent keeps going up because now tenants aren’t worried about moving or doing anything about the situation. Even after they go to the first hearing, they have seven days to move and if they don’t, the landlord goes back to Small Claims Court and files a writ so the sheriff can do something about getting them out.

If there are so many landlords filing evictions, why can’t the courts set up two days a week instead of one, and let’s get these people out so people can get the units clean and re-rented? Are there not enough judges, even if you used pro-tem judges, to get this done in a timely manner?

Then the landlord has to store their personal belongings for 30 days, and if they don’t have the space and they can’t afford to pay for a storage unit, knowing they aren’t going to get your money back, they are stuck. They can’t re-rent because the stuff is stored.

Filing an emergency eviction still takes at least five days to get into the judge to hear the case and the reason for the emergency.

There has got to be a solution to this problem. Is it the time-frame that the sheriff’s office takes to deliver the court papers to the respondent? I don’t know what the answer is, but there has to be a better way to get this all done in a timely manner.

I believe landlords would really like to see things happen a little quicker than they do now.