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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
    Are you a lawyer licensed to practice in NY?
    No, but I am not providing a legal opinion. I am providing some layman advice suggesting that the OP has the outcome he wanted, but he seems churlish in wanting to pursue the staffers in the agency, to teach 'em not to interfere with the lives of him and the child he is taking care of, even though they are obligated to undertake an investigation on lodgement of a complaint. He is the one seeking to harm the officers of the child agency. I am in fact suggesting that he take a course of action that may decrease harm to himself and the child -- reduced financial and emotional burden as much as anything else.

    How do you know the matter before the agency might not have been dismissed except for the lawsuit in court? Are you a lawyer licensed to practice in the state of NY?

    And I would get your facts straight, buddy-boy. I am an Australian, living in Australia. Oddly, Australia offers up support to the US in just about any conflict around the world. We've lost soldiers in Vietnam, the Middle-East, Korea and other places fighting your wars. I have as much right to put my opinion as anyone else here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    Its a consideration I've been trying to decide on for the past month and a half and with the advice given here and off line I decided to take the responsible approach and have an inexpensive but reliable car on hand, at least until my fiancee returns. I tried going car free, and probably could have made it work-after all I did for the past 4 months but realized that this type of living only works best in the city with more alternative transportation. Thanks again to the participants of this thread for the unofficial advice
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    Hey guys, I just wanted to give an update if theres anyone following this thread from the beginning. I received a letter earlier this week indicating that after the investigations I was found not guilty to abuse/neglect of the child and that the case has been closed. Additionally, the lawsuit against the caseworker and supervisor for discrimination and harassment, will go before a judge on September 11th. I'm not expecting much of a settlement, except maybe my legal fees being paid and getting these two dimwits fired (far-fetched I know).
    I'm shocked that you're going ahead with the suit and trying to get them fired. It sounds like you came to the same conclusion as the "dim-wit" case worker - that having a car is in the best interests of your stepdaughter. So what are you suing her for, again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Thanks for the concise wrap-up on your decision and decision making considerations. Makes sense.

    Your rational decision probably won't satisfy a few LCF ideologues more interested in tilting at political/cultural windmills and/or standing up to "The Man," regardless if specious posturing will likely be considered by any decision maker to be at the expense of the child's welfare.
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    You have found yourself in a bull$!#! political push forcing people to own a car because it is the normal way things are done. Sry for your situation and I hope everything works out for you. I dont know how a court could legally force you to own a car though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PORTERPOUNDER View Post
    You have found yourself in a bull$!#! political push forcing people to own a car because it is the normal way things are done. Sry for your situation and I hope everything works out for you. I dont know how a court could legally force you to own a car though.
    They probably couldn't have, but when custody of your child is at stake, who wants to take the chance? I fully understand his choice to comply with this unreasonable request, but I hope the guys responsible get hammered for it too. For those saying he should just overlook it, how about the next time they do something like this? It's no different than a policeman abusing his authority. CPS is tasked with preventing abuse and neglect and not having a car does not constitute either one. There are millions of people who for religious reasons, physical reasons, (disability), economic reasons or moral reasons do not own a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Hood View Post
    There are millions of people who for religious reasons, physical reasons, (disability), economic reasons or moral reasons do not own a car.
    Religious reasons? I'm curious. I don't have any of those yet. Moral reasons? Like its "wrong" to drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    Religious reasons? I'm curious. I don't have any of those yet. Moral reasons? Like its "wrong" to drive?
    Some Amish and Menonites don't drive for religious reasons;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    Religious reasons? I'm curious. I don't have any of those yet. Moral reasons? Like its "wrong" to drive?
    The Amish have already been mentioned, but I also believe that some environmentalists consider it immoral to generate CO2 if they have the ability to avoid doing so. Then there's also the whole, "live simply so others may simply live" ethos. I personally don't subscribe to either view, but if someone does, it's no reason to take their kids from them. I have a few non-mainstream views and practices myself and I'd hate to be told to conform or lose my daughters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    Religious reasons? I'm curious. I don't have any of those yet. Moral reasons? Like its "wrong" to drive?
    Of course it's wrong to drive an internal combustion vehicle. Unavoidable, in some cases, but still wrong. It's flat out wrong to do things that harm yourself and/or others.

    As a society, our moral imperative is to eliminate pollution. As individuals, we should do what we can to move ourselves and society in the direction of eliminating it.


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    Then there are the practical reasons for not driving. A lot of driving in the US involves trips of two miles or less. Going by bicycle or foot is often quicker. Walking or biking to school is probably better than driving. It was the norm fifty years ago. Then the cost of automobile ownership, I've seen estimates that the average cost in the US is about $9,300 a year.

    Another thought about this thread: it all seems a little Kafkaesque, or Orwellian, or a little like Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian". I hope what the OP has posted is all true.

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