To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Howard Moses’ letter, “An Open Letter To President Obama,” in the March 4 issue. His article was a much needed reminder that all decisions, however correct, have both positive and negative consequences. His personal examples of private jets needed for transportation of time-sensitive donor organs and rescue missions are poignant and thought-provoking. Nevertheless, I would like to offer some rebuttals to his premise.
I do not believe that the majority of Americans would disagree with the urgency and heroism reflected in the extraordinary stories in Mr. Moses’ article. Rather, I believe he is front-loading his argument by utilizing exceptional, rather than common, occurrences. The reason for the outcry from the public, and the rebuke from our President, in regards to private jets is not from the use of these for organ transplants or rescue missions but as additional fringe benefits to CEOs’ already exorbitant salaries.
When the automakers show up to Congress in three separate private jets, hat in hand, to beg for taxpayer dollars, the American people are rightly outraged.
When corporations take taxpayer dollars and proceed with a $400,000 spa getaway, possibly utilizing private jets, they are rightly outraged.
When CEOs who ran their companies, and the economy, into the ground receive huge bonuses and fringe benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars; while workers who show up to work on time, perform their jobs exceedingly well and follow the “rules of the road” are laid off; they are rightly outraged.
The banks, mortgage, and insurance companies that President Obama rebuked are not rescuing hurricane victims or transporting donated organs. They are poorly managing, thereby hemorrhaging money from, corporations that are currently subsidized by the United States Government.
Lastly, as I have heard this attempt at similarity before; to compare the President of the U. S. with any CEO in the world is laughable at best, ignorant at worst.
Accounting Office Manager, Hamilton
Encore for Film
On behalf of the Arts Council of Princeton and the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, I’d like to thank the Princeton Garden Theater and director and Princeton native James Burke for sharing the Princeton premiere of his moving film, “Aurora Borealis,” with the Princeton community.
We look forward to another screening of the film on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robeson Center.
Member, Circle of Friends,
the Arts Council of Princeton