Letters to the Editor

Letters from Aug. 18, 2007

New task force: Budget cuts vs. parks

It has been reported that the county commissioners have again appointed a task force to determine if Kitsap parks are sustainable. The new commission has two months to look at the short- and long-range plans for our parks. We pay for staff time for this commission and for the existing board.

Hmm? Why aren’t the commissioners listening to the current Park & Recreation Advisory Board? This board is comprised of three citizens from each commissioner district appointed by the commissioners. This board has been reviewing the very same issues and attempting to advise the commissioners over the last several years. Some of their previous advice was to maintain and develop the park acreage that the county already owned; not use up funds buying more land.

Maybe the first cut should be to cut the second board.



Insurance policies: Vote yes on Referendum 67

When you’re dealing with a personal crisis — a car accident, a burglary, a house fire or anything else — the last thing you want to worry about is whether your insurance company will treat you fairly.

Unfortunately some insurance companies are intentionally denying or delaying payment of legitimate claims. Thousands of consumers in Washington file complaints with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner every year because their legitimate claims have been unfairly denied or delayed. That’s a real problem.

Under our current law, there is no penalty for insurance companies that do not play by the rules.

By voting to Approve Referendum 67 on this November’s ballot here in Washington, we can hold the insurance industry more accountable by requiring that all insurance companies pay legitimate claims in a reasonable and timely manner ­­— and penalizing them if they illegally deny or delay payment of a legitimate claim.

Referendum 67 will help make sure insurance companies do the right thing. People buy insurance, pay their premiums on time, and all they ask in return is that insurance companies honor their commitment to policy holders. After all, people should get what they paid for.


Bainbridge Island

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