Whenever Howard mentions getting together with the older girls it's never at his home - it's always at a restaurant or another relative's house and Beth never seems to be included. They probably despise her and can't stand to be anywhere near her.
Remember when his standard comment about Richard Cristy was that he couldn't truly love his father in Kansas because he moved away from him? It didn't take long for Howard to shut the fuck up once all his daughters fled his house like Vietnamese children after a fire bombing.
Remember when he tormented repeatedly JD about his Mom didn't lover him bc she moved to HI. AFTER he was a grown adult? Who would care but a bitchboy mamasboy like him... Karma is a total fucking real bitch, boy...
I'm sure Howard, who can't stand the drive to New Jersey, is hopping on transcontinental flights every few months to go visit them. That's why he needs so much time off.
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." ~Frederic Bastiat
Howard is a control freak. It must drive him crazy that his kids have nothing to do with him. He could threaten to cut them off if they didn't be nice to Saddle Tramp, but Allison got half his marbles. Their mother will always take care of them. Sorry Howard, there are something your marbles can't buy.
A truly good father (especially one like Howchie who has zero financial obstacles ) wouldn't let miles separate him from his kids, period. "Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough..."
My posts are merely conjecture and opinion; furthermore, they have no relation to anyone living or deceased.