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- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Obey law to avoid 'frivolous' suits
To the editor:
I was intrigued by the March 18 article "Disabled-access law gives rise to 'drive-by lawsuits'." I find it hard to find sympathy for anyone being sued for being in violation of federal law. Wouldn't the simple solution to "frivolous" lawsuits be to do one's patriotic duty as a citizen and obey the law?
Perhaps there is a better way to enforce the Americans With Disabilities Act. Small businesses do not find it too expensive to comply with local fire and health regulations. Perhaps we need access inspectors like fire and health inspectors with the authority to cite and close down businesses that fail to comply with the law.
Until such time as businesses comply with the law, more power to that "small number of disabled people and their lawyers" who take the law of the land and the rights of people with disabilities seriously.
KERRY H. WYNN, Cape Girardeau