Letters to the business editor: 11/09/13

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Let's be careful out there

There are so many things wrong with the Driver's Seat column of Oct. 31 ("Let's Start to Be More Sensible When Enforcing Rules of the Road") that there is no way I could possibly address them all within the PG's required letters length limit.

Let's just start with the column's title, which contains the phrase "be more sensible." There is nothing sensible about mentioning that he has "five driver's worth of violations arriving to the family mailbox." Time to maybe try to change the family attitude towards driving, perhaps?

There are 32,000 fatalities, over 1 million crashes with nonfatal injuries, and about 4 million crashes with property damage each year in the U.S. This is a staggering amount of misery that is due largely to carelessness.

I would encourage everyone to visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.org) website for truly sensible commentary on the value of red light cameras and the danger of speeding.

DAN FORTIER

O'Hara

Inspector gripes unwarranted

"Inspecting the Inspectors," (Oct. 29) is without merit. I am a real estate broker with over 30 years experience, and I have never witnessed a home inspector "turn a blind eye to serious issues with a house in order to help close the deal."

It is the inspector's job to point out any and all defects so that the buyer can decide whether to buy the house. Any inspector who conspires to withhold important information is inviting a lawsuit.

Also, not all real estate agents are Realtors, who subscribe to a strict code of ethics set forth by the National Association of Realtors.

BETTE ZRIMSEK

Broker/Owner

RE/MAX South Inc.

Retirement analysis spot on

"Employers Called To Offer New Roads To Retirement," (Nov. 5) was right on point and identifies a major problem facing baby boomers like myself and the American economy as a whole.

Wall Street firms do not want assets transferred to insurance companies for fear of losing fees. The worker has no idea how to manage savings as a lifetime income need. A market downturn spells economic disaster for our fragile economy.

The answer is to provide guaranteed accumulation products within the 401(k) wrapper or at the very least when converted to an IRA.

DAVID HICKEY

Managing Partner

Brant Hickey & Associates Inc.


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