Thanks, Bob Dylan, for your beautiful music
How wonderful it was to read of Bob Dylan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Daily Star, May 30) along with other deserving recipients -- such as African American author Toni Morrison. Although I've never had the pleasure of reading any of Ms. Morrison's work, I have been blessed with the good fortune of hearing Dylan's, and my life has been enlightened and enriched by it so very much throughout the years.
I've read that Britons are proud to claim The Beatles as their very own; I can only say, with all my heart, that I'm glad Bob Dylan is one of us -- a true "national treasure."
In his "Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands" he sings:
"With your mercury mouth in the missionary times, And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes, And your silver cross, and your voice like chimes, Oh, who among them do they think could bury you?"
How beautiful! God bless you, Bob.
Passing a bill to help with future storms
As a professional independent insurance agent in part of New York state where Hurrican Irene and Tropical Storm Lee created havoc last year, I want to voice urgency to readers of The Daily Star and our representatives in the New York Senate about passing a bill (bill No. S.3387) that would protect homeowners and their investments from confusion caused by diverse triggers that insurance companies use in the case of a hurricane.
The last thing one needs after a storm is to realize too late that all policies are not equal.
There is no standard for the conditions that insurance companies use to determine whether a policy covers damage for a hurricane.
So, when an area is hit by a storm, neighbors can find that some homeowners are, and some homeowners aren't, covered, depending on the conditions in their policy.
The New York State Assembly has passed a bill (A.3283-A) that would address this problem and it now waits passage from the Senate.
Constituents should reach out to their senators before the beginning of the hurricane season, and ask them to vote for the windstorm deductible bill before it's too late.
Lewis L. Wilson
Wilson is the owner of Fire Mark Insurance Agency.