On a cold December night, as families of victims of crashes remember loved ones, a bright star appeared in the dark skies in the year 2017. Marianne Karth, a mother who lost two of her children in a truck underride crash, has created and launched a new tool – an Interactive Underride Crash Map – for crash victims to remember their loved ones.
Louis Lombardo runs a web site named "Care for Crash Victims." This is a project of a small business public benefit enterprise, Louis V. Lombardo, LLC. The mission is to improve care for crash victims before, during, and after a crash. Lou believes we are all crash victims -- past, present, and future -- as individuals, families, friends and society. Everyone is impacted by crashes as consumers, insurance premium payers, and taxpayers.
Injustice abounds. At a time when we the people face the growing existential threat of climate change, we look for legal and peaceful ways to stop impending tragedies. However, as I described in “50 Years of ‘Legal’ Climate Change” political forces have often thwarted justice for the people. 1 And now the Trump administration is accelerating the tilt of the judiciary against the people.
“Law students must not forget that they are fitting themselves to be ministers of justice.” – Thomas McIntyre Cooley, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice. These are the words that should guide students in every law school. However, as we’ll see, this is too often not the case.
Requiem for the American Dream. Americans wonder in sadness at our current reality. How did it happen? Thinkers have analyzed and documented how we arrived at this point in our history. When “we the people” face growing existential threats of an unlivable world, increasing inequality, and political bondage, we need a clear understanding of how this happened to the American Dream.
Record hurricanes, related to climate change, are producing vast devastation.1 Over the past 50 years why have we not been able to create a livable environment? I was privileged in 1967 to contribute to a Federal Government Report “A Strategy for A Livable Environment.” It recommended a 90% reduction in vehicle exhaust emissions.2 Ever since, automotive air pollution from burning fossil fuels has been a major contributor to climate change.3
Right v. Wrong. It’s a concept most of us were taught as children. It’s also one that many, especially those in positions of power, sometimes forget. This true story on air pollution, science, and the law is a perfect example.
Building a Safer America? Just as the Republican-controlled Congress is considering Health Care, or more accurately Wealth Care, legislation, more people need to be thinking before voting for politicians that care less for people than for money. Our lives depend upon it.
The American people have just received the most recent example that what we do not know can harm us. It’s only when transparency is combined with truth that we see trustworthiness in our government. Without Transparency – What We Don’t Know Can Harm Us On June 23, 2017 we learned from the Washington Post that