Robert L. Nuckolls, III 6936 Bainbridge Road Wichita, Kansas 67226-1008 Phone 316-685-8617 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 1994 The Honorable Robert Dole Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Dole, Bob Getz, a columnist for the Eagle newspaper, recently wrote about the declining health of a mutual acquaintance . . Logic Man. Seems the poor chap was hospitalized with a heart condition after witnessing a series of totally illogical decisions in local courts. The cases involved terrible acts wherein perpetrators received mild or no punishment. I wrote to Bob asking him to pass on my own best wishes for our friend's recovery. I had not seen him in long time but once knew him well . . . . ----------------------------------------------------------------- April 29, 1994 Bob Getz Wichita Eagle 825 East Douglas Wichita, Kansas 67202 Dear Bob, Sorry to hear about Logic Man; I went to school with him but haven't seen him in a long time. We took classes in science, chemistry and physics. I did well in class but he absolutely aced 'em. Something about the orderly, predictable arrangement of physical law that really turned him on! He used to hang around my workplace. He enjoyed nothing more than application of imagination and skill to solve problems and create new and useful products. When we fired up a new design for the first time and saw it work, he'd giggle and bounce around my lab like a kid on a pogo stick! One day, I was invited to assist in sorting out physical facts surrounding a terrible accident. Logic Man was very interested; there was a lot of good data that could be analyzed to help everyone understand what really happened. You should have seen the look on his face when an expert came to trial and said our laws of physics disagreed with his laws of physics; the expert had attended the same schools we did. I thought Logic Man was going to have a heart attack! Later, we saw an aircraft company sued because an intrepid pilot flew his airplane into a snow storm, executed a sloppy approach to the airport, crashed his airplane and killed 6 people. The company was sued for an alleged failure of a device that could not have contributed to the accident even if the device had failed! The company won but it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend themselves. We've seen railroads sued when drivers ignore common sense, signs and flashing lights at grade crossings only lose an argument with a train. Suits claim that if railroads put up gates, the deaths would not have occurred. Logic Man went into fits of apoplexy when we learned that fatality rates at crossings only drop by about half when gates are installed; people drive around and through gates and get killed anyhow! The last time I saw Logic Man was when we heard that another aircraft company had been successfully sued for millions for not designing their 1948 model airplane to 1990 standards. This lack of foresight exacerbated injuries to a pilot when he removed the front seat of his J3 Cub and packed tripod, camera and photographer into the vacated space. His airplane crashed into a truck parked on the runway by the airport operator. The owner of the truck hoped to prevent the pilot from taking off with such a hazardous arrangement. The pilot was brain damaged as a result of he accident. Forty years after the airplane was built, the aircraft company paid for failing to foresee the foolishness this pilot! That was all Logic Man could take. He trudged out of my office looking very old and tired, mumbling something about how the courts have lost their grasp on reason. Most participants care very little for and have no working knowledge of the things we learned in school. Lawyers and legislators have convinced our fellow citizens that a zero-risk world is our due; woe to anyone who disagrees. There are some hard working, qualified and competent people working in our legal system. However, the courts have become a cash-flow industry operated for the financial support of experts, judges, lawyers, paralegals, claims adjusters, accident investigators, etc. Reason, justice and service to society are secondary concerns. This foolishness is paid for by everyone in higher costs for everything we buy. Jurors beware . . the money you give away comes out of your pocket! Tell Logic Man hello for me and please convey my best wishes for his recovery. Remind him that nearly every successful venture in manufacturing relied upon good science and human ingenuity and service to a customer. Bob, please do me a favor . . . don't let Logic Man read the papers . . . in his weakened condition it might be more than he can stand. Kindest regards, Robert L. Nuckolls, III ----------------------------------------------------- I got a phone call from an aid to Senator Dole about this letter. He said, "the senator enjoyed it very much." I haven't seen anything going on with respect to reform in the courts so I guess I can only take credit for brightening the senator's day . . . . Comments and alternative views welcomed . . .
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