Re “Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food” (Viewpoints, Oct. 17): Here’s another area of law that distinguishes California from other states: Construction contractors. There is a statute, Business and Professions Code 7031, which allows a homeowner, public agency or another contractor to sue for recovery of all money paid to the contractor even if the job is performed flawlessly. Lawyers will comb through a contractor’s records trying to locate even one glitch in their state license. If they locate something, real or imagined, lawyers will attempt to prove a contractor is “unlicensed” and seek to “recover” every penny already paid on the contract. The potential result: A licensed contractor who completes a job properly can lose millions. This op-ed is correct; the Legislature should reform laws that open our legal system to abuse.
David Kalb, Davis
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Re “California legally recognizes third gender option” (sacbee.com, Oct. 16): Thank you, California, for acknowledging that gender is a magnificent, multifaceted part of who we are. We have taken a giant step toward a freer, wiser, less judgmental culture. As for Randy Thomasson and his “Save California” binary thought cronies ignoring the third dimension, they are like a man who claims that humans come only in a blue-eyed variety and a brown-eyed variety. Violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor was obviously of the devil. He is free to believe that, but he cannot claim it has anything to do with science or rational thought, or even good vs. evil.
Michael R. Gorman, Sacramento
I must have missed something in my anatomy or physiology classes when I received my degree in nursing from Indiana University. I must have missed part of my state boards test of three days to become a registered nurse. I must have missed a class when I completed a lifetime credential to be a school nurse. The class I must have missed? Binary Politics. But I don't believe that is a science. Maybe it was in a political science class. Only in California.
Marilyn A. Chilton, El Dorado Hills
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