Ups and down

2014-07-20T00:00:00Z Ups and down The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Down to insurance companies cancelling policies of homeowners who would dare submit a claim for a hail storm. While we understand the shock of a company which got thousands of claims, it's not like homeowners can just stop hail. How's this for an idea: Let's take a page from Obamacare -- let's waive pre-existing conditions from homeowners policies.

Up for Joanne Dodd who retired after more than 50 years of working at Billings Clinic. She's been a fixture around the Clinic, working as the head of nursing and most recently as at the Billings Clinic Foundation planning the Clinic's annual Classic. She's been around long enough to remember when penicillin was a novelty. She's certainly earned a well-deserved retirement.

Down to Charles Conrad Jacobsen, a convicted jewelry thief, who jumped bail after being released for a dental appointment. Judge Russell Fagg issued a $100,000 warrant for Jacobsen's arrest and he was caught on Tuesday night. We guess some people will do just about anything to get out of a dentist appointment.

Down to Steven Goldmann a formerly convicted con man who apparently dusted off his skills as a huckster and tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent in the Bakken. When the real FBI investigated, they found evidence that he had worked his graft craft and suckered folks out of free food and free lodging. It appears that we are going to reward his efforts with free food and free lodging. In prison.

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