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You want change in Washington? How about at your front door?
Why can’t we get the U.S. Postal System into the 20th century from the 19th? The postal people are more resistant to changing their minds than Gen. George Custer. They won’t alter routes or locations, even to improve efficiency. Just get a rate increase, but change nothing. They won’t change hours of delivery so everyone can have his mail while part of the business day remains. They won’t streamline office lobby services, including an ombudsman to direct customers, weigh outgoing mail, ring up the folks in back for your missed deliveries, or to offer transmittal options. They won’t redesign forms that have been in use since the 1950s, so that multicultural, sight-challenged, harried human beings can apply them without help.
The two words that count most are “customer” and “service.” One cannot and should not exist without the other. Write the Postal Governors’ Board? Forget it. Maybe a new U.S. Senator or freshman representative can take them on — but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
This letter is in response to the articles appearing recently concerning the banks asking for bailout money this year that rewarded their executives last year with millions of dollars. A good portion of that pay matches the bailout amounts requested.
It is a well-known fact that the ratio of top-executive to factory-worker pay has exploded in this decade from 42 to 1 in 1980 to 419 to 1 last year. Why are we paying these people so much more if they don’t have the intelligence and will to act in our best interest?
What tangible proof is there that top executives contribute that much more to the successful attainment of corporate goals? Why aren’t these executives (Enron) given longer prison terms than car thieves?
If intelligence determined corporate leadership rather than birthright, the compensation ratio would be much lower because smart leaders would recognize it as the right thing to do, whereas those that are there by birthright simply don’t know any better (or care). It is this ignorance perpetuated by birthright that is leading this country to collapse. Perhaps someday our society will be led by intelligent people who see their own best interest as having promoted society’s best interest.
Joe Bialek/Cleveland, Ohio
First Enron, Xerox, Tyco, etc. Then Bear Stearns, Lehman, WaMu, Wachovia, AIG, etc. Then the Big 3. Now Bernie Madoff’s 50 billion Ponzi scheme. When will the law truly punish corrupt bigwigs? Take their every dollar and possession, and give their whole families nothing but some clothes, welfare and Section 8! And no gifts from friends, either! Poverty: isn’t this what their former workers and their families get? And by whose fault? Bastards.
J. Andrew Smith/via Internet
Cause and effect
Congress has the constitutional right, and the duty, to conduct investigations into criminal conduct and wrongful usurpation of power by the executive branch of government and political confidants of the president. Congressional performance in this regard has been undermined by dubious claims of executive privilege.
The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to Karl Rove in an attempt to have him testify before the Committee under oath. Rove has refused to appear before the Committee. Until he does, he should be arrested and brought before the Committee in chains; contempt should be treated with contempt.
Now, more than ever before, congressional investigations must not only continue — they must be accelerated! It’s past time that the Judiciary Committee enforces its subpoena power, or such power will be lost forever by default.
If we cannot determine the causes leading up to incompetence and corruption in government, how can we expect to deal with the effects?
Paul G. Jaehnert/via Internet
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