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PROBE: May 30, 2001

May 30, 2001

SICK OF VETERANS — I take exception to your agreement with "Anti-War, Holtville" who said he was sick of World War II veterans.

What is the matter with you that you can't express any appreciation to those veterans who sacrificed years and in many cases their lives so you can live in a free country?

Did you mean that you are getting sick of hearing about the war? — Patriotic, El Centro

We are sick of Tom Brokaw and his book "The Greatest Generation."

What we are really sick of are people who want to lay a "guilt trip" on people they deem not appreciative enough. Lighten up.

We will acknowledge the World War II vets were true heroes. Theirs was the most glamorous generation in our lifetime. And ruling out death or serious disabilities, the luckiest.

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They grew up during the Depression but by the time they hit the job market, the Depression was over.

When they came marching home, a grateful nation showered goodies on them by the way of the G.I. Bill of Rights.

NOT MADE FOR WALKING — Look at my shoes. I paid $78 plus tax for them. I thought they would last me the rest of my life!

I have had them four months. A chunk as big as half a lemon crumbled off the heel. The sole split in half.

I could understand if I was a kid ripping and romping or if I was a young guy working in a warehouse or dancing all night. I am 83 years old, retired and I don't walk much or dance any more.

I took the shoes back to the Army and Navy Store in Calexico but they said their policy is no returns after 30 days! — Shoeless, El Centro

The store's policy can't supersede your rights. There is an implied warranty that a product must perform as you would reasonably expect.

A reasonable person would expect those $80 shoes worn by an 83-year-old man would last longer than four months. Your expensive shoes had foam soles covered with a thin sheet of plastic.

We talked to Abraham, one of the brothers who own the store where you bought the shoes. He said bring the shoes in and talk to him to work out a deal.

QUESTION: When my mom, 70, was involved in a wreck, she wasn't injured but her car was totaled.

According to the Brawley police report, the other driver, a young man, was at fault. He has not filed an accident report with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

I bought the car for my mother. I paid only $1,200 for it but it was a good little car. Mom had only liability insurance. It's been two months and we haven't heard from his insurance. What can I do?— Son, Brawley

Stop being patient. Since he has not filed an accident report with the DMV, file one.

At the time of the accident, he had no insurance. The insurance lapsed because he was a couple of days late with his payment. His broker, Gene Araujo, said the young man's insurance does not have a grace period. That means if he does not accept financial responsibility for the accident, he could lose his driver's license.

Although we feel bad for the other driver, his situation could be worse. He may have to come up with the money but the damages amount to only $1,200 for the car.

If he doesn't pay, take him to small claims court. While you're filing, include the Jefferson Insurance Co. We're not sure the company can drop a policy-holder for being a couple of days late.

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