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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:01 am

Bank makes it tough

to process claim money

I was always under the impression that banks were in business to help customers, not hinder them. Not so in my case.

I live in Ocean City, across the street from the bay, and my home sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy. On Dec. 12, I receive my first partial check from Selective Insurance Company for damage to my home. The check was made payable to me and Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo endorsed the check, and I deposited it in my checking account.

On Feb. 9, I received my second and final claim check, again made payable to me and the bank. This time Wells Fargo would not endorse the check. Instead my bank is forcing me to endorse it and send it to its South Carolina office with a packet of completed papers I have yet to receive.

Can you imagine what a mess this is going to be? There was no indication this was going to happen. I am told that the bank wants to disburse the money when it feels it is necessary to make sure repairs are made.

That's all fine and good if you only have a few hundred claims to process. This bank will have millions of claim checks to process, and I can see my check getting lost or misplaced so that I don't receive my money in a timely manner. I want to be able to control my own money so I can have my home repaired and pay my contractors.

This idea by some suit is a nightmare for all of us storm victims. Now I am not sure what to do with my claim check.

Any suggestions?

LOUIS V. BROWN

Ocean City

There are still no answers

about Benghazi attack

In September, terrorists planned and succeeded in killing our ambassador to Libya, his assistant and two former Navy SEALs in Benghazi.

The State Department said from the beginning that this incident was due to violent outrage over a video that mocked Islam. Officials continued with this story for days. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice repeated it on television. Then, these officials switched gears and said the attack was planned by outside terrorists, and they would be prosecuted.

To this day, nobody has been charged with these murders.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts."

Then, for weeks, she was missing after supposedly falling and having a concussion.

Finally, she testified before Congress with softball questions and committee members congratulating her for being a great secretary of state. Who gave orders not to respond to emails for help from our Libyan ambassador? Nobody knows.

The president and Clinton have blood on their hands. Clinton is the former presidential candidate who said she would be more able to answer an emergency call at 3 a.m. than Barack Obama would. But neither of them answered the call to duty.

Questioning the administration's response to this tragedy has nothing to do with besmirching her honor. How about the honor and courage of our four dead Americans?

NATE NATHANSON

Northfield

Chamber welcomes back

Miss America Pageant

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber extends its sincere congratulations to all the individuals and organizations who worked together to facilitate the return of the Miss America Pageant. The timing is right for the return of an event that has always been synonymous with Atlantic City.

It is a mutually beneficial scenario that will benefit the city and the Miss America Organization. National and international television on a major network will provide us with an important opportunity to spread the message of Atlantic City's evolution as a complete tourist destination. For the Miss America Organization, this is an opportunity to build on its nearly 100-year history and tradition in a place where that history and tradition were created, nurtured and valued.

Special thanks to Gov. Chris Christie, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Alliance, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Atlantic City, Miss America Organization President and CEO Art McMaster and everyone who had a hand in making this happen. It's another example of what we can achieve through cooperation and collaboration.

JOE KELLY

President

Greater Atlantic City Chamber

Atlantic City

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