To the editor:
For the third time in as many weeks I find myself writing a petition. My first was for the Illinois Commerce Commission. It seems I'm getting a shiny new transmission line behind my barn courtesy of AmerenIP. Next was the local township who has decided to abandon a nearby road in supplication to Peabody Energy. This week it's the Illinois Pollution Control Board.
I'm a do-it-yourselfer by nature but smart enough to know to you should call in the professionals when resources allow. The deep pockets of two mega-corporations are beyond the means of most private citizens, however. The playing field could never be realistically leveled. In this case pro se was the only way. As an engineer I feel much more comfortable discussing probabilities than I do res ipsa loquitur. Not that I'm complaining. In fact, I'm starting to learn more Latin than any layman deserves to know.
Any way, I just thought I'd share my newfound appreciation for legal professionals. It seems a lot easier to crack open a book and find the equation needed to solve a design problem than it is to sieve through endless cases and pages of administrivia. Just promise me that none of you will go about designing new dams or bridges. Thanks!