January 13, 2014

Free Speech Ripoff

“This case is really important because businesses should not be able to silence their customers.”

—Scott Michelman of nonprofit Public Citizen Litigation Group says the case of a Utah couple who sued an online retailer over a $3,500 charge the company assessed after one of them wrote a negative review on is about protecting consumers’ rights to free speech.

Graciously Welcomed

“I have been graciously welcomed in every meeting, and each time I have been encouraged to begin offering our new private flood insurance program.”

—Flood Insurance Agency CEO Evan Hecht says he has been positively received by regulators in Florida and other states in which the company is offering its private flood insurance policy. The Gainesville, Fla.-based Flood Insurance Agency began offering the private policy as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program.

A Prevention Mission

“The sole mission is to prevent another West.”

—Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy, addressing an audience in Clifton, a town of 3,400 about 35 miles from West, Texas, as part of a 68-stop tour of Texas to meet with first responders and businesses about how best to store ammonium nitrate, a common but potentially dangerous chemical used in fertilizer. Connealy has spent the past eight months studying the April 17 explosion and fire in West at a plant owned by West Fertilizer Co.

Flood Buy-Out Program

“I loved my home. If I was younger I’d still be there, but it’s over. There’s no sense in staying.”

—Donald Hargraves, an 87-year-old resident of Shickshinny, Pa., who sold his home in a flood-buyout program and moved in with his son on higher ground in a nearby area. At least 19 Shickshinny properties have been sold as part of buyouts after the area’s record flood in September 2011.

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