Re Jahi's fight for life turns political (Forum, Dan Morain, Jan. 5): Two of my close family members, both now deceased, suffered years of pain and disability as a result of supposedly routine medical procedures that were botched. As a result, I'm all too aware of the limitations of our health care system and of our legal system. Folks who have been damaged by the health care system should have their day in court and deserve compensation. No amount of money can replace life and health. However, an award for pain and suffering validates that wrong has been done and holds someone accountable. The award needs to be an amount that wakes up health care providers to the depth of the destruction they have caused. For that reason, if I get the chance, I'll vote wholeheartedly to raise the cap on monetary awards for pain and suffering from medical negligence.
-- Mary Lou Giles, Cameron Park