On February 1st of this year, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Terry Lee Richard and Michael Dale Garrett died when a cell tower collapsed in Harrison County, WV. Mr. Kirkpatrick and Mr. Richard, aged 32 and 27, respectively, were working on a communications tower in order to add additional tenant equipment to it when it suddenly collapsed. The two workers died at the scene. Mr. Garrett, a volunteer fireman who was responding to the scene of the accident, was killed by debris when a second tower collapsed after having been weakened by the destruction of the first tower. He was only 28 years old. All three of these men were struck down in the prime of their lives. None of them deserved to die. Accidents like the one that took their lives are becoming part of the way that communications companies do business, and those business practices should make you look twice at the real cost of your monthly cell phone bill.
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As most of you who are reading this know, I have been at Bordas & Bordas for almost 27 years. I wrote about a lot of the technological changes that have occurred since 1987 and I have to say, I am proud of myself, the dinosaur, for keeping up! However, I have a few stories that actually have nothing to do with law, but are funny, some more in retrospect than they were at the time. One day, when I had been here about a year, I came to work and Jim Bordas met me at the door. He told me I had to go downtown and bail our maintenance man out of jail. I had never even been in a police station, let alone bail someone out of jail. I was running around frantically trying to find out where I needed to go and how much money I needed and what he had been charged with, etc., etc. Jim was no help - he didn't know how to go about it, but just that I needed to go do it. As I was walking out the door, mumbling to myself, Jim said "APRIL FOOL!" After my heart settled down to a regular rhythm, we both got a good laugh out of it.
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Have you noticed that this week was full of important news? Do you want to hear some clear and interesting discussion of the headlines? Make sure you catch this week's episode of the Bordas & Bordas Legal Review to see Jamie Bordas and Chris Regan discuss Michael Sam's NFL draft, recent judicial ruling about gay marriage, the US Supreme Court's decisions on President Obama's ability to make recess appointments, political turmoil in the Ukraine and the West Virginia False Claims Bill! This episode is jam-packed with important information for you, and shouldn't be missed!
This is a rather silly pet peeve but when I drive to work every morning, I pass one of those barns that are there to collect "goods" for the Goodwill store. Invariably, there are pieces of upholstered furniture there or mattresses or some other things that are beyond use. It's my belief that people have left these items there because they don't want to have to pay to take them to the landfill or don't want to pay the extra amount their refuse collector would charge to haul these unusable things away. I have also driven by this station when people have dropped off upholstered items and it is either pouring down rain or snowing. Sometimes there are also appliances sitting outside the station when it is pouring down rain! According to the Goodwill website "Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Rev. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of 'a hand up, not a hand out' was born."
Bordas & Bordas partner Chris Regan was recently published in the West Virginia Record's "Their View" column refuting an editorial published by The Record. Read on for his views about why all citizens-weak and strong alike-should enjoy the same protection of the law. Using a clearly legitimate claim as a pretext to bash basic liability rules is not the best tribute February 16th, 2014 By Using a spouse's death as a pretext for a lawsuit is not the best tribute " gives us another opportunity to have a frank exchange of ideas. By way of background, a Target employee pushing a string of shopping carts knocked over an elderly man walking in the lobby of the store, causing him to fall, break his hip and die as a result. The Record says "[we] believe that Target should not be blamed for a death that probably would not have occurred if Zink had been young and healthy."
When you discover that a young person who you have known since she was a child has passed away in a tragic accident, you feel helpless. You want to do something to comfort the family members. What do you do? Well, back in January of 2013, after Stephanie K. Ward Stahl's untimely passing on November 11, 2012, it was announced on Facebook that Tammy Keller was organizing an Adopt-A-Highway clean up in memory of Stephanie. Through the years, I have seen many of these blue Adopt-A-Highway signs along different locations on roads in memory of a loved one, but I did not know how it all came to fruition.
Welcome moms! Bordas & Bordas is very proud of Stacy Bordas' popular article below -- many thousands of people have been kind enough to read it and comment on it over the past week and the breasfeeding bill is progressing in the Legislature. We wanted to mention, particularly for people interested in motherhood issues, other pieces we've published on how the time flies and paying tribute the incredibly challenging work moms do . One of our paralegals, Darcy Springer, wrote an article about being a grandmother and attorney Jay Stoneking wrote one for all the dads and grandads out there, too.
Tune in, turn on, stream and download this week's episode of the Bordas & Bordas Legal Review as Jamie Bordas and Chris Regan explain controversial bills currently in the West Virginia Legislature. Two new bills, designed to create ethics and accountability in government, are up for votes this session. Find out why Attorney General Morrisey might be opposing a bill requiring him to recuse himself from cases in which he and his wife have business connections to the litigants, including campaign donations, and cash arising from Mrs. Morrissey's lobbying business. You can also learn about the "super load" that moved through Marshall County last week and the gas boom's implications for legal issues ranging from gas explosions that have become more and more common throughout the Ohio Valley as a result of the fracking boom to oil and gas leasing issues. It is an episode not to be missed.
Close to a million of our veterans, and many active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines depend on food stamps . Those of us who have military experience, or have lived on or around the major military bases throughout the United States, know about the poverty that many of our military personnel experience, a burden that falls very heavily on the children of our servicemen and women. Trivial scandals abound in the news about politician's personal lives or the traffic situation in Jersey, but US veteran and military poverty in the United States is a real scandal. The unprecedented pace of deployments that accompanied the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have only made the situation more extreme, more obvious, and more in need of public attention (and public money).