The corporate handlers at the Phillips 66 refinery have spoken, and their lap dogs have jumped (Cuesta refinery letters rebuked,” June 5).
I don’t know who asked the president of Cuesta College to write a letter in support of the rail spur to the refinery, but my guess is they have strong ties to Phillips 66.
I can almost hear the discussion about using Cuesta stationery: “Should we, or shouldn’t we? That is the question.”
When a corporation controls an entity with a threat (direct or implied) of withholding funds, the corporation is no longer a useful member of a community.
Government is beholden to the people; corporations are beholden to the shareholders. Until corporations put humanity above profit, their influence should always be scrutinized. All the advertisements declaring their beneficence are propaganda designed to persuade the community to look the other way when disaster happens.
We don’t need a disaster of any size in this community. If corporations used their propaganda money to improve safety, we might never have a next oil spill or, worse, a rail car explosion.
The Cuesta College board should get in front of this scandal and rescind the letter on Cuesta stationery — or they become complicit in Phillips 66’s coercion over funding.