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Drop it now, you never get it again

Letters to the Editor
Published February 7, 2007


With the proposed rate reductions of the sinkhole bill, please carefully think what you are about to do. On the application form (draft form) that lets you opt out of sinkhole coverage to get your huge proposed savings, please note this: If you opt out of your sinkhole coverage, you will no longer have the opportunity to get future sinkhole coverage back, it is gone forever.

The check box states it this way:

"I also understand this rejection of sinkhole coverage shall apply to future renewals of my policy."

This is on the proposed draft of the sinkhole rules coming from the Office of Insurance Regulation. You can see the 43 page draft on

Before you sign your name, remember you are the one that might be in the (sink) hole.

Chris Kowalczyk, Hudson


Keep Kitty in the house for safety

Pet owner needed to train his dogs Feb. 2 letter

In response to the letter, yes, there are documented cases of vicious cat attacks. In 2006, the Connecticut Post ( reported of a cat that was actually ordered under house arrest due to his owner's repeated blatant disregard for other peoples' safety. The cat was a habitual attacker that wreaked havoc on the surrounding neighbors and his owner was eventually arrested for his kitty's aggressive behavior and the unwillingness to keep him indoors.

It is not always the owner of the dog that is at fault. I am in total agreement that no dog should ever be allowed to run off leash, regardless of whether or not they are under voice control. I also feel that no cat should be permitted to run at large either.

The feral feline population is out of control across the country. Stray cats (and loose cats with owners) harbor disease, spread external and intestinal parasites, and leave their calling card in various gardens and flower boxes. Plus it is never a pretty sight to wake up and find Fluffy has become another victim of those vicious maulers we call cars.

It is a natural instinct for a dog to chase a cat when it runs. Don't forget dogs are distant cousins of wolves. The solution is to keep all dogs on a leash or confined to a yard and leave the cat in the house. Offenders should also face more serious consequences.

Lauren Bertke, Largo

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