This bill simply changes the distribution of unclaimed class action money ["Collecting What's Owed," WW, Feb. 19, 2014]. Currently, that unclaimed money is returned to the wrongdoer.
Why not channel the unclaimed money to legal aid and provide critical legal service programs for Oregon's poor?
I don't understand why there would be opposition to that. Unless you work for Philip Morris, of course.
The only opposition to this bill is coming from corporate lawbreakers trying to minimize the consequences of their wrongdoing, and a few lawyers who make bank defending them from the people that got hurt.
Even a few Republicans voted for this bill (of course, the vast majority of Republicans voted to protect corporate lawbreakers—go figure).
I object to the class action lawscams as they are currently administered. The legal eagles collect all the money, ignore the damaged individuals, and the judges go along as accomplices because it makes their jobs easier.
DEBATING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
The gay-marriage issue, like man-woman marriage, is all about the money ["Hotseat: Richard Carlbom," WW, Feb. 19, 2014]. Why not admit it? Why else would the couple need a "contract"?
If we are to change the state constitution, it must be done by a vote of the people, not a judge. The means matters!
It's a state's rights issue, huh? Whenever I hear that phrase, I get a ringing sensation in my ears that harks back to the days of segregation and discrimination.
That whole slippery-slope theory is played out.
RELEVANCE OF THE PIXIES
So this is what the cool kids are doing now, shitting on the Pixies? ["Death to the Pixies," WW, Feb. 19, 2014.]
I saw the show Feb. 19. I got my money's worth. No, they didn't banter and, yeah, Kim Deal is missed.
But I left satisfied nonetheless because I went there to hear the Pixies blow the roof off the place. Mission accomplished.
Aw, man. Time to tear up my tickets, shut the garage door and start the car. Thanks for helping me see the light, WW.
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