Letters: Juror’s dishonesty ‘amazingly disgusting’

Posted July 22, 2017 08:49 pm

I am absolutely apoplectic after reading the column by juror Jane Hodge (“Juror blasts CSX verdict,” July 21). To admit she found “no blame” accrued to CSX Railway, and then voted to blame them anyway is amazingly disgusting, to use the word she herself used to describe her fellow jurors.

She didn’t assert she was persuaded by other jurors arguments to change her vote; no no, she just felt bullied, and abandoned her principles so the defendant can be made to pay millions in damages that she didn’t actually think they should be responsible for. “Shame on you!” Ms. Hodge, not your “Ken and Barbie.” You are despicable, and how you have the gall to submit a piece to the newspaper blaming everyone else involved in the process except yourself is so unenlightened as to be stupefying.

When I was in law school, you were my worst nightmare, and here you are! To answer your question “who pays for it?”

All good citizens do when people like you corrupt our judicial system with your dishonesty.



Let’s talk about a

single-payer system

The July 20 editorial, “Let Obamacare fail,” had several inconsistencies.

It’s fundamentally flawed to believe that “the GOP doesn’t need flip-floppers.” People who don’t change their mind after learning new facts, or gaining new evidence are intellectually dishonest, and stuck in a rut of untruth.

This may or may not explain GOP vote changes, but as Sen. Paul pointed out, they have some explaining to do. Isn’t that what honest debate is designed to provide?

Senator Chuck Schumer was correct in his statement about how to move forward. Period.

A large part of the reason that ACA (Obamacare) is failing is because fully half the states in our union have either refused the Medicaid expansion, or are considering it, or an alternate funding plan. Where do the states stand on Medicaid expansion?

Without those funds Republican governors are dooming their disadvantaged constituents to reduced or no health care. Several hospitals in Georgia have closed in recent years in part due to Gov. Nathan Deal’s refusal to receive these funds.

It does not get us any closer to a true solution to point fingers, assign blame or kick people off of their benefit programs.

Isn’t it time to consider single payer? Isn’t it true that we should be paying doctors, nurses and hospitals and not a third party to allow access to these providers? Why do we need to pay hundreds of millions of health care dollars to a corporate structure with their fat bonuses, stock dividends, and legal departments designed to deny coverage whenever possible? No human creation will ever be perfect. But isn’t it time to advance to a system that provides a service to every citizen without the cost of a middleman? Shouldn’t we at least talk about it?


Garden City

Quacco Road needs
fixes and sidewalks

I am a resident of one of the several subdivisions along Quacco Road. I was not able to attend the advertised meeting about this road in June because of a work conflict. However, I’d like to offer my opinion.

Establishing four lanes would be beneficial for everyone affected by traffic in that area, now and in the future. I sympathize with property owners along the way in hopes that they will be properly compensated for the changes.

But the wishes of the few cannot stand in the way of progress for the many. I beg to differ with Ms. Wallace, who said footpaths or sidewalks are not needed on Quacco Road. No doubt she has never had to walk or bike along this road. I have ridden my bicycle from Highway 17 to 3.5 miles north on Quacco Road and I can vouch that it is dangerous and scary, with speeding vehicles that miss you by only inches. I’ve witnessed less fortunate pedestrians. I know the problems they experience.

Secondly, residents are stuck in this area should a natural disaster occur. To my knowledge, Quacco Road is the only roadway to most of the subdivisions and mobile home communities, coming from Highway 17 or the Pooler Parkway or I-16. There is no back way entrance.

We experience inconvenience on a weekly basis because of automobile accidents. Please don’t short change us on this project.



Has Trump changed
his mind about
New York Times?

President Donald Trump frequently calls the New York Times a failing news media business with unprofessional reporters who “create anonymous sources and print fake news.”

So why did the president invite Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, reporters from the NYT, to an almost hour-long “on the record” interview July 19, so that he could attempt to totally discredit Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, and former FBI Director James Comey, and threaten/bully Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III?

Are we now to assume that the president has changed his mind and believes the NYT is a legitimate news organization for him to use to get his message out to the public?

And, more importantly, if he really wants to vent his displeasure with the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, why doesn’t he choose to do that in private with them rather than through an independent news organization?

Obviously when dealing with this president, we’ll never know the answers to these questions.

He chooses to act upon his own instincts with no “rhyme or reason” or sense as to the best way to address any issue he may have.

And he certainly doesn’t ask any of his advisers or family members, as I suspect all of them were as surprised by the content of his “on the record” interview as the general public was.


Sun City Hilton Head, S.C.

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