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Jan. 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Football fan impressed with MU's tribute

While watching the Marshall vs. Maryland football game, I wondered what the "75" on the Marshall players' helmets represented. Once I did some research, I know now it's a tribute to the 1970 Marshall football tragedy.

In my opinion, it's only fitting the university recognizes and remembers its own. I believe the university should continue this tribute forever in some way on their helmets.

Those who can call themselves "Thundering Herd" know the true meaning of "WE ARE MARSHALL."

Gary Hall

Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Flood insurance rates are too high

Annual flood insurance rates are costing as much as annual mortgage payments. Reform by the U.S. Congress has resulted in average flood insurance rates of $700 to increase by 4 to 10 times. Congress was not aware of the significant increase in insurance rates for properties in flood-prone areas.

This has affected owners with a primary residence and vacation rental properties, long-term rental properties, second homes and small business owners. While it may be hard to be sympathetic to someone with a second home, in this economy some property owners have had to move for employment and have rented out their home that could not be sold. Renting was the alternative to foreclosure.

This is not about high-end waterfront homes. Many homes are near small streams and creeks. There are proposed amendments in Congress to reduce the massive increase; however, none of the proposed amendments cover all property owners. Without a reduction in the flood insurance rates, many homes will be foreclosed upon due to the inability to afford an increase on top of homeowners insurance.

For those affected by this increase, you should contact your U.S. senators and U.S. representatives expressing your concern regarding the rates.

Seth Rivard

Harpers Ferry



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