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Updated: June 12, 2014 6:59AM
In a column in the Post-Tribune, Fred Niedner said the U.S. Supreme Court was stretching a metaphor in equating corporations to people. He wrote that corporations are not people because they have no soul or conscience and exist to enlarge and enrich themselves no matter what the cost to anyone or anything.
Fred needs to rethink his remarks because we all know many people who seek to enrich themselves and expand their influence regardless of the cost to others. Yes, Fred, corporations are much like people because they are made up of people — workers, managers and executives.
I suggest that Fred take his next sabbatical as an understudy to the current chief executive of General Motors as she takes responsibility for the deaths caused by faulty parts in some GM cars and endeavors to prevent such flaws in the future.
Fred also should consider the undeniable fact that all of us depend on corporations for our food, transportation, medical care and our way of life. Corporations are not perfect because they are made up of people, but look around, where do people earn a living to feed and educate our families?
Some corporations, just as some people, are very charitable. One example of such giving is corporate donations to our colleges and universities including, no doubt, Fred’s employer.
Robert J. Allen