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December 15, 2017

Why Not the Mail?
In reading the November 15 News, I was surprised to see only one short letter to the editor concerning the “sad tale of an attorney who missed an [O]rder due to ... [a] spam app.” While the letter writer offers four “simple solutions” to the problem, all involve “IT.”

The real, simple solution is for the clerk/court to issue all orders both electronically and by the U.S. Mail.

In the famous Pope decision, the U.S. Supreme Court asked how businesses communicated; the answer was via the mail. Ever since, all known creditors of an estate now receive direct notification in the mail regarding the filing of claims with the personal representative.

Why would our courts and clerks not operate the same way, especially on critical matters like a newly issued order?

James R. Brewster

Judicial Retirement Age
The question has arisen again: Why have a mandatory retirement age for judges? Because by 70 you have done enough. Make room for others.

The longer we old people hang around the longer things stagnate. It’s bad enough we have partners and shareholders in their 80s stifling the rise of younger people; we don’t need judges doing the same. Make way. Accept your fate.

If you are so important and have so much knowledge and experience, retire and share it with others. Learn new skills.

The only people pushing for longevity on the bench are old judges and those who want to be old. Or is it that old dogs actually can’t learn new tricks?

Jeffrey L. Price

I am so glad The Florida Bar cares about my mental health and wellness.

While they’re at it, why don’t they set up special task forces to address lawyers’ eyesight problems for all the years we’ve been staring at screens, books, and paper? How about offering orthopedic help for the endless hours we sit in the same chair? But why stop there? Surely the Bar should have a program offering lawyers special insoles and shoes to relieve their aching feet for all the hours of standing and waiting outside courtrooms. For that matter, a lifetime supply of Advil should be offered to lawyers for what goes on inside of courtrooms.

Stress is a fact of life in any meaningful endeavor. Last I checked, this profession is not indentured servitude. We are all free to come and go. While I appreciate the Bar’s newfound focus on my sense of being, if this trend continues some of us who understand the meaning of personal responsibility may move and leave no forwarding address.

Stephen A. Baker
St. Pete Beach

William Drake, Jr., questions The Florida Bar’s role in promoting diversity in the legal profession in a letter in the December 15 News.

He seems to see the Bar’s goal of greater diversity as a misguided “pursuit of cultural utopia” and an inappropriate “mission.” He characterizes “diversity and inclusion” as a “grand mantra” and clearly does not regard either as worthy social goals.

He asks whether it is the “job of The Florida Bar to ensure that the organization” and the “bench and bar” mirror the changing demographics of Florida.

The answers is simple — not only for the Bar but for all citizens and human beings: yes.

James Lohman
Austin, Texas

[Revised: 10-18-2018]