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Plaintiff trial lawyer for 50 years. Past President of the Inner Circle of Advocates & Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Member American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy, International Society of Barristers, the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame & speaker at Spence Trial College
THE LIBRARY OF MISTAKES

THE LIBRARY OF MISTAKES

In Edinburgh, Scotland there is a very unique library; “The Library of Mistakes.” https://www.libraryofmistakes.com/ Created in 2011 by a group of finance professionals, it is a specialized library focused on economic and financial mistakes throughout history. The library houses a collection of books, documents, and artifacts that highlight various economic and financial blunders, including market crashes, failed business ventures, and policy error The Library of Mistakes contains over 2,000 books, all relating to economics and finance. The Library of Mistakes…

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RELIGION, POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT A LETHAL MIX

RELIGION, POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT A LETHAL MIX

We start this with the inescapable fact that the Constitution bars a religious test for public office. Unless it be clearly established that an individual holds and, given opportunity, would act upon tenets of a violently antisocial nature, his or her theological views by themselves should not be the basis for granting or withholding access to office. In addition, the First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” However,…

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WILLIAM TAYLOR: COACH, MENTOR AND INSPIRATION FOR ANACORTES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

WILLIAM TAYLOR: COACH, MENTOR AND INSPIRATION FOR ANACORTES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

On January 24, 2002 William “Bill” Taylor died in Anacortes. He was one of Anacortes’s most successful basketball coaches. He also was a positive influence in so many young men’s lives, including mine. He was a great coach and mentor to me. I’ve published a full account of my high school relationship to this great coach and his profound influence in my life: https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/01/william-taylor.html . In addition, I published a background of this unique man who was so important in guiding my life. https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2014/01/bill-taylor-anacortes-high-school-basketball-coach.html …

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PHYLLIS MARIE LUVERA ENNES 1928 – 2013

PHYLLIS MARIE LUVERA ENNES 1928 – 2013

My sister Phyllis  died on January 7, 2013. She was the oldest of the three children leaving the  Anita Mayer,  and I surviving. Phylllis was born to Paul and Mary Luvera in Anacortes on  January 29, 1928.   She graduated from Anacortes High School in 1946 with honors and attended the University of Washington where she obtained a degree in English. She  also obtained a teaching certificate from Western Washington University in 1953. She completed a Master of Science degree from Montana…

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -1985 AND FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -1985 AND FLIPPA LUVERA 1870 – 1946

Lita’s mother and my paternal grandmother died on the same day, December 20th,  but thirty nine years apart. Lita’s mother, Elizabeth Catherine Barnett was an extraordinart woman. Very bright, wise and gifted in so many ways. I’ve written about this remarkable woman many times. See https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/12/my-mother-in-law-elizabeth-barnett-1910-1995.html  It was my privilege to have known her. She was very intelligent, wise and a great judge of people. I loved her like my own mother for her many qualities and her understanding. This…

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LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

Last Friday was December 7th, 2023. I wondered, on that day, what the newspaper and media headlines would say. How would they report about one of the greatest events in America history? What am I talking about? Ah, that’s the problem. You see, on December 7, 1941 the American naval fleet and it’s military installation in Hawaii was suddenly bombed by attacking Japanese naval forces in a sneak attack.  The attack killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians, and destroyed…

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GEORGE E. McINTOSH, FRIEND, MENTOR AND UNIQUE HUMAN BEING – November 5, 2023

GEORGE E. McINTOSH, FRIEND, MENTOR AND UNIQUE HUMAN BEING – November 5, 2023

My friend and mentor, George McIntosh died at his Bow, Washington home Sunday November 5, 2023. He leaves his wife Ann and his children. George was 99 years of age, having been born November 22, 1923 and would have been 100 years only seventeen days later on November 22nd. George has been a friend since I became a lawyer and was my mentor in my profession and life. In 1959, David Welts and I took the oath in front of…

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MY FATHER – PAUL LUVERA SR. 1898 to 1990 – HE LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM

MY FATHER – PAUL LUVERA SR. 1898 to 1990 – HE LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM

November 4th is the anniversary of the death of my father, Paul Nicholas Luvera Sr. He was born on March 25, 1898, he died in Anacortes, Washington on November 4, 1990 at the age of 92. I’ve published details of his extraordinary life many times. See https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/11/dad-1.html for a complete history of his life. Dad was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, the son of Niccola and Fillippa Luvera. His father and oldest brother left for Canada where they worked for…

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“IF YOU AREN’T TALKING ABOUT ME, I’M NOT LISTENING” & RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

“IF YOU AREN’T TALKING ABOUT ME, I’M NOT LISTENING” & RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

The presidential candidates have been hard at work. The second Republican presidential debate has taken place. Donald Trump wasn’t there, but we know the campaign platform both have been promoting to encourage their election. President Biden focuses on the theme that his administration has made the country a better democracy and more prosperous. He warns that his re-election is key to preserving democratic institutions from Donad Trump and the Republicans. Donald Trump, on the other hand, promises to remake the…

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THE EROISION OF DEMOCRACY AT THE BALLOT BOX

THE EROISION OF DEMOCRACY AT THE BALLOT BOX

Jamelle Bouie wrote an opinion column on September 8, 2023, in the New York Times. The title was “A Breathtaking Contempt for the People of Wisconsin.” It outlined how Wisconsin Republicans have had the legislature in their iron grip through gerrymandering the voting districts dating from the 2010 elections. As an example, in 2018 Republicans and Democrats essentially split the statewide vote, but Republicans won 64 percent of the seats in the Assembly. As a result of gerrymander, Wisconsin Republicans…

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