December 15, 2005 Letters

first_img Letters Lawyer Advertising The Florida Supreme Court recently reprimanded two lawyers for violating the Bar’s lawyer advertising rules. (See story, page 1) What brought the unanimous court to this utterly serious deliberation was the advertising gimmick of two Ft. Lauderdale lawyers. These innovative attorneys ran an ad featuring a pit bull with a spiked collar and their telephone number, 1-800-PIT BULL.Now, I suspect most people would ask, “What’s wrong with that?” My reaction was to smile and say, “Clever ad!”But the court, overruling a finding by a referee, ruled that the ad suggested the darker qualities of pit bulls, such as malevolence, viciousness, and unpredictability. It went on to say to sanction the pit bull ad they would next have to approve images of sharks, wolves, crocodiles, and piranhas.Does the court have some rule prohibiting Florida lawyers from saying or implying anything critical of the legal profession? Even so, these lawyers were just talking about themselves, not their profession. If a reader draws a larger conclusion, that’s his or her problem.I think the court should be severely criticized for ignoring how it was violating the constitutional rights of these two attorneys, that is, the right to freedom of speech we are all so jealous of. If attorneys’ rights to freedom of speech are not recognized by the courts, then the rest of our citizens are really in trouble. At the most, the court could have lectured these attorneys on how it might be better to avoid doing or saying things that may not seem to be dignified or in good taste. John Edward Armstrong St Petersburg Death Penalty This letter responds to Robert E. Gregg’s in the November 1 News. Mr. Gregg’s form of Christianity is the exact reason why so many of us have become disillusioned.You mean to tell me that Jesus Christ would not be opposed to the death penalty? The one who said, “turn the other cheek,” and “love your enemy” (Matthew 5:43)? As far as the Old Testament is concerned, I do not know much about Hebrew law, but I do recall reading something to the effect, “Thou shalt not kill.”I will take Dale Recinellas’ Christianity any day. (November 1 News story headlined, “Lawyer trades his practice for a prison ministry.”) Marc A. Falco Sarasota Remembering Humphries A giant left us August 18. J. Bob Humphries of Tampa passed away at 58 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gebrig’s disease.“J Bob,” as he was known, was a member of Fowler, White, Boggs and Banks, with a principal office in Tampa, where he found time to do pro bono work, including devoting thousands of hours of work for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He also served as chair of the Hillsborough County Library System and rose to chair of the Bar Tax Section.J. Bob attended Florida State University and served in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War.J. Bob reserved first place in his life to his splendid family: his devoted wife, Dr. Barbara B. Humphries, and daughters Lauren, Sarah, and Leigh Ann.J. Bob’s life ended much too soon, but what it may have lacked in quantity was far exceeded by the quality of his life. He crowded several lifetimes of achievements into an all too brief lifespan. Speaking personally, I have lost a good and dear friend, as have hundreds of others. Together, we mourn his passing.Our sadness, however, is tempered by the legacy J. Bob left of courage, high professional standards, and, above all, devotion and love of family, fidelity to country. Vaya con Dios, J. Bob, we honor you and miss you. Thomas C. MacDonald, Jr. Tampa December 15, 2005 Letters December 15, 2005 Letterslast_img read more

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Ray of light: CUs, organizations offer aid to Harvey victims

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit union organizations continue to reach out with assistance to families, friends and colleagues affected by Hurricane Harvey.The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation has donated $50,000 to CUAid, the National Credit Union Foundation’s online disaster relief fund. Credit union supporters in every state can make donations at cuaid.coop.PenFed Credit Union, Tysons, Va., has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston Chapters. American Red Cross, its employees, retirees and volunteers are among PenFed’s diverse field of membership.last_img read more

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AREVALO BRGY ON LOCKDOWN: Treñas orders ‘extreme ECQ’ in Sto. Niño Sur

first_img* city government officials * 48-year-old female (Patient No. 80) Mayor Jerry Treñas. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO Within 72 hours or three days, the results of the tests on the close contacts of the five COVID-19 cases would have been released already, and these would be the bases for the city government’s next steps, said the mayor. There would also be mandatory COVID testing on all high-risk and medium-risk contacts of the COVID-19 positive cases to be conducted by the City Health Office. * offices and businesses are closed Barangay Sto. Niño Sur has 2,015 households. * 57-year-old female (Patient No. 79) The four other cases were confirmed just this May 5. Three of them were barangay health workers while the other one was the bookkeeper of the barangay council. He issued Executive Order (EO) No. 070 yesterday ordering an “extreme enhanced community quarantine” (EECQ) in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur. * transportation (private and public) is suspended * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 73) * 48-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 66) * officials of the IATF ILOILO City – With five confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Barangay Sto. Niño Sur in Arevalo district was placed on a 72-hour lockdown beginning 12:01 a.m. yesterday “unless a longer period is required to conduct mandatory random testing,” according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. * city health personnel * 43- year-old female (Patient No. 78) * residents must stay at home * quarantine passes are suspended * healthcare workers, sanitation personnel of city government * police, soldiers, PSTMO, force multipliers and volunteers maintaining peace and order According to Treñas, only a little over 500 test results have been released so far, so the public should not be surprised if the number of confirmed cases would soon increase. All the five Sto. Niño Sur cases were among the so far 1,507 city government frontliners subjected to COVID-19 testing. For the duration of the EECQ, the city government “shall provide the food and medical needs of the residents…Barangay officials shall secure the list of necessary medicines of the residents (and) submit (this) to the City Health Office immediately.” People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. During the three-day lockdown, the following must be observed within the barangay: Treñas tasked the barangay officials of Sto. Niño Sur to enforce his EO with the help of the Iloilo City Police Office, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, Public Safety and Traffic Management Office (PSTMO), and force multipliers. * Philippine Red Cross personnel He also identified the following as the only authorized persons to enter and leave Barangay Sto. Niño Sur: * personnel distributing food and medicines to the barangay residents The Barangay Sto. Niño Sur cases – now all at the city government’s quarantine facility – were the following: These restrictions, however, do not apply to persons who need immediate hospital care and management and those persons allowed by the executive order. * Department of Health (DOH) personnel Patient No. 66, the barangay’s – and Arevalo’s – first COVID-19 patient, worked as driver of the Iloilo City Emergency Responders. Part of the EO read: “Whereas, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 11, Series of 2020 provides that a barangay-wide quarantine may be imposed where there are at least two COVID-19 positive cases belonging to different households in the same village.” These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. * Bureau of Fire Protection personnel/PNlast_img read more

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