A joyous action
Being a volunteer driver for Five Cities Meals on Wheels, I was drawn to James M. Duenow’s May 25 Viewpoint. It reminded me of an uplifting event I witnessed recently on Grand Avenue in Grover Beach.
While waiting for my take-out food that day, I noticed several homeless people gathering next door at a building on the corner. Soon a group of cars drove up, with individuals taking out large trays and walking to the building. I asked what they were doing, and I was told that this was The People’s Kitchen serving meals to the needy. The smiles on the volunteers’ faces, mixed with the hope of the homeless, brought tears to my eyes.
Helping those in need is a joyous thing! The giver gets as much as the receiver. Thank you, Mr. Duenow, for reminding us to help those less fortunate than ourselves!
In regards to Clement Salvadori’s letter of May 17 concerning corporate pay in relation to the future health of capitalism, I have some comments. History has shown that compensation for corporate executives in relation to the average worker’s salary has increased in recent years. As a stockholder in many corporations, I would certainly like to see as much of the corporate profits as is practical go to the stockholders. However, Salvadori’s statement that no employee is worth a million dollars is certainly questionable.
Perhaps Salvadori is very knowledgeable concerning the supply and demand for top executives — however, I doubt that. Certainly, an incentive bonus for achieving corporate goals is appropriate and is very common.
I wonder if Salvadori would agree that the government/union takeover of General Motors and Chrysler and ensuing trampling over of rights of GM bondholders was very destructive to capitalism. These companies should have gone into bankruptcy and the profitable divisions sold off. That would be capitalism.
It is also interesting to note the recent discussions concerning the astonishing salaries/benefits of local government officials whose organizations produce no product to sell. Thus they have no income except the taxes they collect from their citizens.
Osama filled a void
Our mainstream media has demonized Osama bin Laden. It has made him the embodiment of evil, the symbol of terrorism and the mastermind of 9/11.
Is that why there was so much celebration when he was killed? Has the Obama administration chopped off the head of the monster?
The American empire has sullied the soil of the Middle East with its many wars, its military bases, and of course, its use of depleted uranium.
Osama bin Laden has had legitimate and serious grievances with the West. Yes, he was a religious fanatic. But the American empire squelched any attempt by the Middle East to have an independent or democratic leader. This was done either by war, as in the case of Gamal Abdel Nasser, or by coup, as in the case of Mohammad Mossadegh.
Only those who are complicit with the World Empire’s interests are allowed to be Muslim or Arab leaders. This created a political void. Bin Laden filled this void by being consistently against the Empire’s terror and subversion.
San Luis Obispo