More On Those Platinum Parachutes

Discounting the absence of physical violence, today's executive-suite gang exhibits morals no different from those of Colombia's drug lords or Italy's Mafia dons ("Where parting is such a sweet deal," American News, Mar. 31). Compared with this crew, Astra's Lars Bildman is an amateur. Don't these guys realize, or care, that they're selling capitalist democracy down the river, that they're planting the seeds for the resurrection of communism? Why do they think they deserve all that money? If the answer is because they've done well for their shareholders, I say: Yes, but for the wrong ones, the speculators. For the survival of capitalist democracy, only the long-range investor counts.

Hanns J. Maier

Ubatuba, Brazil

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