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Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2004 10:00 pm

It would seem that Jean Beckman has the right idea as far as allowing "kids" to skate for free at the fenced-in skate board park at Kofu Park. A good idea is as far as it should go.

Ms. Beckman's suggestion that the fences be taken down at the park and let the kids skate free is most seriously flawed. The thought of letting kids or anybody skate free, and without insurance, is an open invention to creating a lawsuit that would make the ground pollution problem small in comparison.

Any ambulance chaser would salivate at the thought of representing a young person getting hurt due to a lack of supervision, and going to court with the express concern of bilking the city out of another million or so dollars, giving 40 percent of the judgment to himself.

John Edwards, as a trial lawyer, extorted millions of dollars from doctors and put them out of business due to unscrupulous tactics used in a court of law. The last thing Lodi needs is a lawsuit brought about by the opening of the skate park, or a lawyer to take a case where a dishonest dollar can be made.

She states, and I agree, as to the amount of money spent by the city of Lodi on the groundwater pollution problem, and there is no end in sight. The thought of all the finger pointing and the different groups saying "don't blame me" obviously means the groups involved will not stand up and take responsibility.

There are two ways to go with this issue: the city of Lodi for not taking responsibility in the matter of installing new sewer lines or repairing the area in question, and the businesses involved in dumping the solvents into the sewer.

My question is, if the solvents were not disposed into the sewer system, then where? Perhaps the city and businesses could meet and find some common ground as to settling the ongoing problem, that in the long run will end up costing both parties, insurance companies, or most likely the taxpayers, the construction costs to resolve this situation. The clock is ticking.

Ed Walters

Lodi

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