OVER TO YOU
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on stories. Here is a sample of responses to recent articles.
I, too, worked for Goldman for about 10 years (“Leaving Goldman: An
Analysis of the Resignation Heard ‘Round the World,” online interview
posted March 19). My husband worked for them for 17 years. But it was a
different company then, in a lot of ways. Their decisions weren’t driven by
shareholders. It was a privately held company, and ethics were more im-
portant to them. Their image was one of the White Knight. They wouldn’t
do hostile takeovers (we were in M&A in the 1980s). Once the company
went public, the whole culture changed, which is unavoidable. The part-
ners were no longer driving the company; the shareholders who infused
enormous amounts of cash expected maximum returns. Goldman wanted
to become a behemoth, and so it did. But so much was lost! I used to be
proud to have worked there; now I am ashamed. . . .
Posted by Karen Lynette Bauer, ’77, on March 21, 7: 28 a.m.
Earth recycles everything eventually (“How Much Recycling Actually Gets Re-
cycled,” SAGE). Start from this baseline and some things become clear. What
Earth cannot recycle in a timely manner is pollution. Waste products of nucle-
ar plants. The tidbits of plastic in the Pacific gyre. What we Americans regard
as recycling (curbside bins and so on) is no such thing. Recycle on your own,
not externally as in the standard model. Otherwise you are a polluter.
Posted by Mark Adrian Kane, ’ 67, on March 20, 7:05 p.m.
Bruce Hamilton states in his letter (“Water in
As the world population becomes balanced,
the West,” March/April), “The Earth’s human
population has reached 7 billion and will con-
tinue to increase, so the pressures on its limited
water supply will only continue to grow.”
Why not put more energy into encouraging
couples to have fewer children, through tax
breaks and education? Many women could
develop a greater sense of self worth. What are
the financial, physical, mental and spiritual
responsibilities in having and raising a child?
There are plenty of children already here who
could use a loving mom and dad.
fear of not having enough, leading to greed, pov-
erty and even violence, will diminish, resulting in
a greater sense of good and harmony for all.
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