John Lemon

John Lemon 4 days, 20 hours ago on 721 The Question Is.... Legal responsibility.

Tom, This appears to be a very difficult case to judge. The chimp's owner did not comply with state law and that inaction lays fault upon her. An employee of a division of the state brought to superiors a statement that she feared what the chimp might do. The state did nothing ( as fare as we know) to enforce the law regarding keeping of the chimp nor to mitigate the possible danger of the chimp. Given those conditions, the state might be liable for the inaction of one of the sub-divisions of the state. Liability might spring not necessarily from a law that was not enforced but from inaction to a report of a possibility of a dangerous condition. Were I to be the judge of such a case, I would be very careful to make certain that the findings indicate that the liability is minor in relation to the liability of the chimp owner and that the liability has little to do with the chimp and a lot to do with inaction to dangers properly reported to a state agency by a state employee acting properly.

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John Lemon 1 week, 4 days ago on 693 Can You Explain...? Idaho filming law.

Rediculous! Is it interference with agricultural production because the workers stop doing something that they should not have been doing?? Do the animals stop and start preening? It reminds me a little of those who complain about receiving a citation from a policeman because " it wasn't fair. He was hiding". There should not be an issue if folks are doing what they should be doing. To answer your question: no, I can not explain that law.

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John Lemon 1 week, 6 days ago on 742 The Question Is... Pools and lawns

Tom, I continue to be proud that the town of Payson has stringent regulations about the use of water. We should not only be proud of our efforts toward good stewardship of the environment but should increase our sensitivity. Many comments have been made on this site in regard to improving conditions ( water use, nature trails, animal v. humans, etc.). My sense is that locals are more in harmony with and are more concerned with nature than in many other small communities. We ought to continue efforts at conservation. We ought not ease restrictions. My reasoning : the greater good involves living in harmony with the environment when possible.

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John Lemon 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 741 The Question Is... The ACLU.

Tom, I fully agree that "No Bail" is not only logical but reasonable. The arrested folks are not exactly the long-time neighbor with community ties and reputations. Additionally, I am sick of the protests over deportation. The folks in question are here without legal status or rights except those rights guaranteed to all people. What do they not understand about " illegal"? Shut up and do what is required if you wish to become a citizen!

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John Lemon 3 weeks, 2 days ago on 726 What happened to individual responsibility?

Tom, What happened to those folks in Oso, Washington, is a tragedy and I am sure that most of us feel sadness for the families. However, the tragedy does not affect the concept of responsibility. Unless the residents were lied to about the risks involved in the building on the site, a degree of responsibility lies with those who built there. I understand that a risk report was done by a governmental employee about 39 years ago.. I used the phrase " a degree of responsibility" because It is my understanding that potential buyers of property must be notified of land conditions including such information. If I am correct, the vast majority of responsibility was the landowners.

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John Lemon 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 710 Do you agree that this is a wise and appropriate step?

Tom, I approve of this type of regulation because it places stipulations on programs that are financially supported by taxpayers. An investment ought to have returns. I am reminded of the non-profit institutions: they could be equally biased in terms of courses of study with few ties to careers. Do they have access to Federal funded programs? Recall prior blog conversations regarding so-called non-profit entities that pay exorbitant wages to employees and owners as a cover for profits?

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John Lemon 3 weeks, 6 days ago on 713 Quick One Heroin addiction

Bernice, I seem to recall that Methodone is used as an alternative to Heroin. Ultimately it is only successful in the long term if the patient undergoes continuing psychological/life style therapy and breaks the need for drugs. Methodone has dangers. This string has not discussed Oxycodone or several other hyper-opiates. It may well be that these other refined drugs, which are more "powerful" than Heroin, are even more dangerous than Heroin. One problem with Heroin is that it is now more easily available and cheaper than ever. Another thanks to our open borders.

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John Lemon 1 month ago on 713 Quick One Heroin addiction

Tom. Treating Heroin Addiction as a medical problem rather than a criminal problem could be helpful if.... If the person was willing to cooperate in breaking the addition. If the person was medically and psychologically supported while going through withdrawal. If the person was in a program that stressed positive lifestyle changes. If the person was supported psychologically after the initial program of withdrawal was successful. If the person was economically supported while in job training (if needed). Such a program should not excuse crimes. There are a lot of "ifs" and the dollar cost to the public would be high. Whether a person who completes the program and is successful in the long term would be an economic positive contributor or not is an unknown.

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