To The Editor:

This is in appreciation of Jack Bobos views. Each week when I receive your fine publication, National Underwriter, the first article I always search for is the “To the Point” column by Jack Bobo.

Being in the holiday spirit, I realized that I have never written or called Jack to let him know how much I appreciate his wisdom and the fine manner in which he gets his points of view across. Therefore, I thought Id take the time to send this letter.

In the Nov. 24 column titled, “The Difference Insurance Makes,” he made several valid points as usual. However, there were 3 points that really hit home with me that I totally agree with him on:

His comment: “One of the ironies though is that insurance is so appreciated when it is needed but often abused at other times.” I would love to have our industry take out an advertisement just highlighting this point.

His point: “Our system too often is taken for granted as more and more people believe they are entitled to a totally riskless society.” Its my contention that we are now in the (why me?) time frame when society feels it is someone elses responsibility to solve our own problems, instead of individually planning for such risks as life brings to each of us.

His contention: “Negative ads by predatory law firms, biased media reporting and political opportunists all are taking a toll and it is time we did something about it.” Count me in on this!! I hope our industry organizations are paying attention on this point.

It makes me sick when I watch hearings on the floor of Congress and they always are attacking our industry by using false statements, half truths and statistics that are not pertinent on any subject that somehow is related to our great industry. Not only should we talk back by showing real life success stories where we (and we alone) made a difference in our clients lives, we also need to let our political contributions reflect our disgust with those who are always on the attack against us.

Jack, thanks again for bringing clarity to an issue, as only you can do so very well! You have brought a smile to the face of this 33-year veteran of our industry. You make us all proud!!

Robert A. Wright
Wright & Company
Lafayette, Ind.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, December 19, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.