Re “Quackenbush Resigns; Probe Will Continue,” June 29: Say, I was just wondering. Now that Chuck Quackenbush will be out of a job this summer, maybe I ought to get in line right now to invite him over to my place to help fix up the quake repairs. You know, the ones that didn’t get done because we accepted a quick low-ball settlement for quake damages from our insurer back in l994.
Uh, Chuck, where do you want us to line up? How about over there by that broken concrete wall or, no, maybe over there by that cracked driveway . . . oh yeah, we’re still waiting. Hey, Chuck, you ready yet?
Can someone please explain why no one is talking about prosecuting Quackenbush for extortion? If your newspaper is to be believed, this man extorted money from insurance companies for private gain. He paid off his wife’s campaign debts and who knows what else. This taxpayer wants a criminal investigation. As they say, “A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with gun.” I am outraged!
Settlement or no settlement, do “tax-deductible donations” exonerate insurance companies from responsibility to quake victims? If insurers agreed to Quackenbush’s scheme eliminating fines and, as a result, enjoyed a tax deduction, don’t they doubly gain?
If the insurance commissioner is guilty of even half the allegations against him, he should go directly to jail; he should not pass go and not collect any attorney fees.
Is there any difference between Gov. Gray Davis’ plan to waste $22.2 million on mailing tax rebate checks to promote his political image and Quackenbush’s using $4 million of earthquake insurance settlement funds to promote his political career?
ROBERT E. PRESLEY