Watch for increase in insurance bill
If you received a bill for homeowner’s insurance after Jan. 1, you may want to check for a possible unjustified increase. Mine was 13 percent over normal inflation.
A call to the insurance company headquarters’ 800 number was revealing. A different institution rates the local fire district’s ability to fight fires and had changed my rating from six to seven — one being best.
On Jan. 1, Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau, an insurance industry funded operation, diminished the importance of tanker trucks, or water tenders. They are no longer the equivalent of fire hydrants in place but now have a rank that is something less. “Apples and oranges,” they told me.
And WSRB incorrectly presumed that I had no hydrant within 1,000 feet of my residence.
Although dogs in the area had been aware for 33 years, my own walk revealed hydrants 777 feet and 835 feet away from my residence as well as the closest one, 751 feet away at the fire station.
Confronted with that information, WSRB will officially change my fire suppression rating back to six as of Aug. 1. The insurance premium has already been revised to something recognizable.
That will not be true for many others. Those who have insurance and tax changes consolidated in their escrow account payments might not take notice.
According to WSRB, each policyholder must initiate his/her own inquiry. Be assured that an unwarranted increase will compound itself in years to come if it is not discovered now.
DONALD REINSETH; Chehalis
It’s time to ban fireworks
Please. Make fireworks illegal.
We were rocked from early afternoon until after midnight and we see no sense in all of it.
Not only think of us humans, but all of our pets who have no idea what is going on either.
Thank you for your consideration.
SHELLEY FARLER; Olympia
Teens were fortunate to survive accident
Some local teenagers were involved in a car accident by my house on the night of the 4th of July. They have been on my mind a lot since.
I find myself wondering if they woke up loving life because they came so close to losing it that night. I wonder if their parents spent the day stealing glances at them and blinking away tears that sneaked up on them when they let themselves contemplate how differently things could have turned out.
I wonder if their youth and sense of invincibility allows them to understand how lucky they are to have survived that wreck, let alone walk away with a baseball mitt tucked under one arm.
I wonder if they know that they touched someone else’s life in an unexpected way.
I may never cross paths with them again, but I will never forget the looks on their faces as they sat on the curb waiting for their parents to arrive at the scene. I am so glad that they are here today and will be graduating with their class next spring.
I am glad that they will get to play baseball again, make plans for college, send countless text messages, plow through thousands of dollars worth of groceries, and experience life unfolding in front of them.
I wish them all the best in life.
I am so glad they were wearing their seat belts that night.
JAMIE MCNAMARA PECK; OlympiaRepublicans are best at the worst
I’ve been listening to the Republicans/conservatives say how they could run the country better than the liberals/Democrats, so I thought I’d do a little research.
I had to go to many different sites so I can’t give a site to verify my findings, but here they are. I looked up only the 10 with the worst records in each of the areas in states that have a history of Republican/conservative government.
In education, seven of the 10 worst; in crime rate, six of the top 10; in health care, six of the bottom 10; in quality of life, nine of the bottom 10; and in receiving federal aid, six of the top 10.
One rather funny one I found, in people living in mobile homes, eight of the top 10.
I guess the Republican/conservative plan for the country is an uneducated, unhealthy and poor people, who rely on federal assistance, are subject to crimes have a poor quality of life and live in mobile homes.
Sounds like a great life to me.
Guess I’ll vote Republican in November.
DAVE JOHNSON; Tumwater