November 15, 1987
The Oct. 25 article by Toni Taylor on the fine print in travel insurance policies should be required reading for all seniors about to commit their funds to a trip. Insurance is a high commission item on a salesperson's agenda and it is routinely presented to all travelers. It is an excellent idea, and in most cases well worth the mental comfort that it affords. But that fine print: We used trip cancellation insurance issued by a reputable company. My husband was stricken with really debilitating vertigo the afternoon before we were to sail on a cruise.
July 14, 2012
Re "NAACP boos Romney comments," July 12 Mitt Romney said to the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People that he will eliminate "nonessential, expensive programs" like President Obama's healthcare law. Romney was telling his fellow Americans that healthcare for millions of uninsured children, people with preexisting conditions and young people who can now stay on their parents' insurance policies longer are nonessential,...
October 4, 2013 |
Maridean's daughter and son-in-law were booked on a Caribbean cruise. Things didn't work out so well. The couple was at San Francisco International Airport in June, awaiting their flight to the Caribbean, when Asiana Flight 214 crashed on the runway. Flights into and out of the airport were immediately canceled. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions As a result of circumstances beyond their control, they missed their cruise but had to swallow the cost. Maridean asks: Would travel insurance have protected them in this situation?
July 9, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- A surprise sweep for unlicensed building contractors has resulted in 104 enforcement actions by a multi-agency state task force. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Monday that the sweep hit off-the-books operators in 11 counties on June 20 and 21. Investigators carried out the enforcement actions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as in Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Kern, Monterey,...
February 5, 2013
Re "Getting nicked by razor blade makers," Column, Feb. 1 Ralph Nader warned of built-in obsolescence in the 1960s. Back then, we ladies were asking, "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't they come up with a sheer stocking that doesn't run?" We live in a disposable world, and most financing and corporate planning seems based on that. It sort of makes a joke of recycling. David Lazarus' column on razor blades that seem built not to last touches on a theme that crosses my mind almost daily.
October 2, 1985 |
News item: Quarterback Robbie Bosco buys a $500,000 insurance policy, payable in case of a disabling injury during his senior season at BYU. Creatively written sports insurance policies, some with unusual, almost bizarre wrinkles, are becoming commonplace these days. Mostly, they're being bought by college and pro athletes, and those in transition. Pete Eishelman, who works for Boston-based American Sports Underwriters, Inc.
June 11, 1992 |
When Caren and Alan Smith's two-story rented condominium was torched and looted six weeks ago in the riots, there was a single saving grace. They had secured and paid for a $250,000 renters' insurance policy months before. At least that is what they believed when they gazed upon the charred remains of their home on Indiana Avenue in Venice after it was burned and looted April 29 by about two dozen rioters. But when the couple called their Allstate Insurance Co.
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May 24, 2006 |
Six years before a pair of women were charged with fraudulently collecting life insurance on two homeless men, an insurance company claimed in court papers that the women may have "intentionally and feloniously" caused the death of one of the men. Monumental Life Insurance Co. made the assertion in 2000 when battling Olga Rutterschmidt, now 73, and Helen Golay, 75, over whether the company should pay them claims totaling $188,250 in the death of Paul Vados.
November 12, 2013
Re "Californians uneasy about healthcare law," USC Dornsife/Times Poll, Nov. 10 The results of this poll are neither surprising nor particularly meaningful. Those who stand to gain from a law will support it; those who don't, won't. In deep-blue California, the middle class has been steadily shrinking. The wealthy among us need not worry about escalating premiums, deductibles and copays as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Californians at the other end of the economic scale look forward to receiving government subsidies.