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A new motto?

August 31, 2000

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To the editor:

If there was ever any question why the Association of Trial Lawyers is the largest single contributor to the Democratic Party, Sunday's LJW put it to rest! I have heard it said that strength of character is forged by TRIAL and tribulation. Perhaps this should be the motto of the Association of Trail Lawyers!

In the cover story (King's Dream Unrealized), the Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King Jr., standing in the middle of the murder capitol of the country, call on President Clinton to issue an executive order outlawing racial profiling by the police. As you read that article, the sound you hear in the background is the next generation of lawyers smacking their lips at the prospect of all the minority-against-government litigation potentially associated with such an order.

In that same section (Black Farmers Wait for Justice) of the paper, the government is accused of being "stingy and slow" about issuing $50,000 checks to, and forgiving the outstanding loans of, each of the over 22,000 black farmers who were the victim of discriminatory federal lending practices. "Lawyers say the settlement could amount to as much as $2 billion dollars."

That is serious money! Those trial lawyers must abhor discrimination! By my calculations, this single "discrimination lottery" pay out will just about nullify the entire lifetime federal income tax contribution of ALL of the students currently attending KU!

Dr. King dreamed of a day when "his children will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." With trial lawyers eroding the moral and ethical strength of minorities by advocating litigation over perspiration, and liberals undermining minority self-worth by providing handouts instead of opportunities, I fear that day may never come.

Gary Stussie,

Lawrence.

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