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Friday’s letters: Clarifying McKay insurance question, thinking of Nicole and more

VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across something in the pagesof VeloNews magazine or see something on VeloNews.com that causes you towant to write us, drop us a line. Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mail to this address, you are consenting to the publication of your letter. A need to clarifyDear Sir: I am writing to ask that you print a retraction in regard to a gross inaccuracy in your article "Insurance muddle leaves promoters scrambling." (By Patrick Gilsenan - VeloNews.com on July 29, 2002). It states in your article "Attempts to contact

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A need to clarify
Dear Sir:

I am writing to ask that you print a retraction in regard to a gross inaccuracy in your article “Insurance muddle leaves promoters scrambling.” (By Patrick Gilsenan – VeloNews.com on July 29, 2002).

It states in your article “Attempts to contact Harbour, meanwhile, proved unsuccessful. But the company is under investigation by agencies in numerous states – McKay Insurance learned of the alleged scam after a call from the Texas Department of Insurance – and could face criminal and civil penalties.”

Our agency – McKay Insurance Agency, Inc., is not under any investigation for criminal or civil penalties. We were and are victims of the purported scam by Harbour Sports and Entertainment. We learned of the problem with coverage from the investigator at the Texas Insurance Department who was investigating Harbour and Joe Hall. It appears from the above that our agency is being investigated and could face criminal or civil penalties.

In light of the fact that we are fully cooperating with the various Insurance Departments and that we are not now or have we been under investigation for criminal or civil penalties we would appreciate a full retraction of your statement. You owe it to your readers to provide accurate information and you have failed to do so.

Your immediate response and retraction are necessary as we are suffering harm, both financially and reputation, in our business dealings with the public.

We have been able to re-establish coverage for our clients and have been able to refund a large portion of the premiums paid to our clients.

For your information we have been able to replace the coverage for IMBA Clubs effective August 30, 2002. I am attaching a link to our web page that gives the details of the new coverage.

http://www.mckayinsagency.com/bike-letter6.html

In the future it is hoped that you will accurately report the facts.

Dan McKay, CIC
McKay Insurance Agency, Inc.
106 East Main Street
P. O. Box 151
Knoxville, Iowa 50138
800-942-0283 or 641-842-2135
Fax 641-828-2013
www.mckayinsagency.com

We agree that there is a need for clarification. The sentence itself is not inaccurate, though it is admittedly awkward. Gilsenan’s reference to McKay was in a parenthetical portion of a sentence focusing on Harbour. The statement “could face criminal and civil penalties” refers only to Harbour Sports and Entertainment and in no way refers to Mr. McKay or McKay insurance. We never intended to leave anyone with that impression. — EditorRemembering Nicole
We just passed the two-year anniversary of Nicole Reinhart’s fatal accident (September 17, 2000), and I would like to thank all of those who have helped me to get through these past two years.

Pam and Mike Reinhart, my Saturn teammates, most of all Harm Jansen for listening to me when I was totally irrational and the many people who have tried to help me keep my head on straight.

I am finally able to read the book given to some of us on the team by Andy Lee that has many, many e-mails and letters about Nicole after she died, I’m glad I waited to read them, they are so touching and so many people loved her!

The very first one I read was from John Walrod and I believe he read it at her funeral. John’s letter brought me to tears, but in a good way. Had I read it two years ago it would have been unbearable, but now I can read and think about Nicole without feeling an amazing amount of sadness… even though I still feel disbelief that she is gone.

Over the past two years it has been reported that Nicole and I were best friends. Well, we were friends and we spent a lot of time together over the last year of her life, but I was not her best friend and I feel bad every time I read that. Nicole had a best friend and I would not want to take that away from anyone.

One of the main reasons I was brought on the team was to help Nicole in the crit’s. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought, why me? Why couldn’t they have picked someone else, then I would not have had to go through this in the way that I did! How selfish! I would not change things at all.

I have learned so much about life, people and myself….that is the gift Nicole gave me, and I have finally realized it!

Thanks for listening.

Suzanne Sonye
Saturn Cycling Team

Another Postie?
Editor:

So what’s your assessment? U.S. Postal says that it is dropping Dylan Casey (which I think is a bad idea), as well as several other American riders.

Do you think they’ll pick up Charles Dionne now that we all know he can ride and he is without a contract next year?

Thanks,

Bill Sprengnether
Saratoga Springs, NY

Shifting gears … so to speak
Editor;

If either Sevilla, Gonzales (both Kelme), or Heras (USPS) win this year’s Vuelta that would mean that this is the first time riders using Shimano won all three major tours.

Boy, have times been a-changin’.

Joe Ajello
Falls Church, VA

More on Trenti
Your poll asking if Trenti deserves a spot on OUR worlds team needs a answer option of “no f@*#ing way” Byron H.

We rarely provide that option on our polls, but as with all suggestions, we will take this one under advisement — Editor


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