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JUDGES AND LEGISLATORS IN OHIO - TELL JURIES THE TRUTH ABOUT BREATH TESTS!

This note concerns the recent suppression of the test results of the Intoxylizer 8000 in several DUI cases in Athens County Ohio. While prosecutors insist that the machine is a valid indicator of the amount of alcohol in a person's body, the decision by Judge Liston brings up a much deeper issue.

ZIMMERMAN HAS STOOD AT THE BAR OF JUSTICE AND HAS PREVAILED!

One of the fundamental reasons that a Bill of Rights was pushed through and ratified to become part of the U.S. Constitution in 1791 was the fundamental belief that politicians would deprive unpopular people of their liberties when it became politically popular to do so. We need not worry about popular people or popular ideas being prosecuted or suppressed. Unpopular people and ideas are those who are in need of protection in our great republican form of government.

STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM MUST BE REFORMED!

The college student loan program is welfare for institutions of higher education who feed at the money trough while piling huge amounts of debt onto the backs of teen agers who do not realize that it will take much of the rest of their lives to repay. Meanwhile, many of these young people do not obtain employment in their field or in any field worthy of their degree.

FREE PENN STATE!

It is time for all of us to rise up and demand that the NCAA remove all sanctions imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky affair. This is not an effort to support Sandusky in any way. But Jerry Sandusky has been dealt with through the criminal justice system as he should have been. His penalties have been harsh but appropriate under the circimstances. many believe that he should have received a greater punishment. Whatever one's opinion, it is irrelevant to the terribly draconian sanctions meted out to the University by the NCAA.

INJUSTICE IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM!

Someone, anyone, needs to stand and be heard on the resolute injustice being perpetrated upon John Demjanjuk by our government. Now comes the German government, of all people, one who certainly ought to be embarrassed to even mention anything related to the holocaust, and wants to prosecute this man on 29,000 counts of accessory to murder.

STOP CONVICTING INNOCENT PEOPLE OF OVI!

Keep Workers' Compensation State Funded!!

Recently a national survey was performed which showed that members of legislative bodies, shockingly, were unaware of the most basic tenets of our governmental system, including provisions of Federal and State Constitutions. This has become painfully obvious recently by the antics of State Senator Timothy Grendell who wishes to "privatize" Ohio's workers' compensation system. In other words, instead of Ohio's workers' compensation system being operated by Ohio's state government, it would be operated by private insurance companies and thereby "keep the costs down" according to Grendell.

Obstructing Workers' Compensation Settlements

Is it fair for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to dismiss a settlement application filed by an injured worker simply because the employer objects to the settlement, even though it has no valid reason to do so? Under Ohio Law, when five years have elapsed after the date of injury, the case passes out of the employer's experience. This means that the employer is no longer charged premiums for any benefits or medical expenses paid to the injured worker or paid on his or her behalf.

Refuse the Breath Test!!

I challenge the Dec. 6 Columbus Dispatch editorial demanding that the penalties for refusing a blood-alcohol breath test be toughened up. There are several reasons for my position.

First, alcohol breath tests are highly unreliable. Countless forensic journals have reported that the scientific basis for them is flawed. Further, the procedure in Ohio for keeping them in good working order is inadequate.

Drunk Driving Penalties Are Out of Control!

Legislative bodies throughout the country, intimidated by certain well intentioned but misguided lobbying groups, continue each year to enhance the penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They forget that: "Ok, we get it already"!! Harsher penalties are not going to change public attitudes about drinking and driving. The point has been made. The public is well aware of the danger and the risk of drinking and driving. In fact, some studies show that the sense of the public has been deadened by the constant increase in the penalties.

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