Reading about personality tests for CEOs in this week’s Inc. Magazine made us hungry to have our boss take that test. Almost all of the test results seemed to apply to our CEO, who owns a company that has reached the age of maturity, 21, but that still operates with youthful energy (or desperation).

Performance under pressure? The Inc. 500 CEOs score better on that than 45 percent of the big company CEOs. We were sure the big guy would score well on that. The tougher it gets around here, the calmer he gets. Usually.

Control freaks? Inc. 500 CEOs score in the 91st percentile in willingness to sacrifice to achieve a goal. A kind way to say this is "centralized decision making." When it comes to our boss, we’ll settle for "control freak."

When it comes to support and encouragement, the Inc. 500 executives score in the 82nd percentile. Predictions on this quality were divided in this office. Some said that not getting yelled at when you made a mistake was a pretty good way to express support. Others said they found their favorite encouragement in their paychecks.


Carolyn Joiner of GS1 US corrected some facts in the part of the RFID cover story (November 9) that pertained to EPCGlobal US and GS1 US. GS1 US was not formed by combining Uniform Code Council with EAN International. GS1 US is, instead, a new name for Uniform Code Council. GS1 is the new name for EAN International, says Joiner.

At one point the article referred to UCC’s barcode. Though UCC regulates barcodes, Joiner says the correct phrase in this instance should have been the UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode.

The data synchronization network (GDSN) does not belong to EPCglobal. The EPCGlobal US website is The correct spelling of the sister company is 1Sync not 1Synch, and its website is Corrections have been made to the article at

To the Editor

Natural gas utilities around the country, including New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), have been doing all they can to ease the price burden on their customers. Unfortunately, due to unprecedented market conditions this winter, these efforts will not protect customers on a fixed- or low-income.

According to an American Gas Association study, low-income households use considerably less energy today than in 1981; however, the energy used comes at a higher price, resulting in a 66 percent increase in eligible families. Over the last 20 years, as the consumer price index has risen by 81 percent, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding has only increased by 4 percent.

In addition to the full $5.1 billion, for LIHEAP, I urge Congress to provide an additional emergency appropriation of $1 billion.

Laurence M. Downes

CEO, New Jersey Natural Gas.

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