If you had been in the studio audience Monday, you would have seen quite an argument! Two of them, in fact! One was about the class-action lawsuits (search) being readied by lawyers to sue America's food companies for making us fat.
So far your e-mail is 99 percent running against the attorney pushing the lawsuits:
Where did the concept of free will go in America? We need tort reform immediately in America so lawyers cannot "fatten" their wallets and destroy companies because people cannot exercise free will in decision regarding their own diets...
—Anissa Makris, Manchester, New Hampshire
Would [lawsuits against food companies] not be the same as someone going into a Ford dealership and instead of buying a Taurus station wagon, buying a Mustang? Then subsequently getting excessive speeding tickets... would that driver then be able to sue ford because they sold them the Mustang? Where's the common sense?
—Cheryl Parker, Union Bridge, Maryland
I want to sue McDonald's because I am heavier than I was before they came into existence; I want to sue Sony & Panasonic and all of the TV networks, because I am not in very good physical condition from sitting in front of a TV instead of exercising more... I'm sure there are many others I want to sue, but I just can't them of them right now...
—Carmen Leeson, Tehachapi, California
Here's the one lone opposing e-mail I've gotten on this subject:
What about suing for making our kids fat? My granddaughter's elementary school serves French fries at least 7 times a month, sometimes twice a day as a snack for the kindergartners.
—Karen Lattie, Hot Springs, Arkansas
And as for the abortion records story, so far your comments are running 80 percent in favor of the Kansas Attorney General for demanding abortion clinics' records in cases where women and girls have gotten late-term abortions. It's illegal in Kansas after 22 weeks' gestation.
If it is illegal, it is illegal, and [the AG] should be table to take the same measures he would take in solving any other crime...It's time we started protecting the unborn victim rather than the perpetrators."
— KS, Tuttle, Oklahoma
And from the opposing side:
It sounds more like a fishing expectiion than the investigation of a specific case. Dangerous territory...
—Andy C., Louisville, Kentucky
Okay, onward to Tuesday's show:
Some topics are still percolating, but we're following the case of Fred and Louis Maloney (search). Fred's 82 and suffering heart problems; Louise is 78. Many years ago they bought property and built a home in Cobb County, Georgia. Only now, they've been told their land may be seized so the county can build schools, playgrounds and parking lots. County officials say they need it to keep up with population growth, and they would offer the Maloneys fair market value. But the Maloneys don't want to leave, at any price? Therein lies the tricky legal question of something called "eminent domain." What do you think about this? Let me know at email@example.com.
Oh, and one last e-mail about the "fatty food lawsuits." This one's my favorite:
If someone can sue fast food suppliers for the amount of food THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON decided to eat, then following that logic, Fox News DaySide can expect a lawsuit on behalf of me, for making me late to work every day at lunch, because I choose to watch DaySide longer than the 30 minutes I have to eat!!!! Sincerely...
—Michael Janitch, St. Louis, Missouri
Michael, I deeply apologize for the inconvenience we cause you. Really. Truly. Should you decide to sue, my personal advice is to go after Marvin Himelfarb (search). He's the real "deep pockets" on the show. And if you don't know who Marvin is, you just have to come and be in the studio audience to find out!
See you on the air,
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