A brush with GM
EDITOR: The General Motors scandal reminds me of the time back in the 1950s when I was searching for a college to attend. My parents had an in with a GM executive, who suggested, since my parents wanted me to be an engineer, that I include the General Motors Institute in my search.
General Motors Institute trained engineers for careers at General Motors. We traveled to Detroit, and I got a thorough tour of the place, including a shop area where students were learning to operate basic manufacturing equipment.
I briefly stepped away from our tour guide and wandered through the shop on my own. As I passed one student, he told me, without looking up from his work, “You'll be sorry.” I crossed GMI off my list.
I've wondered since if this young man went on to be sorry that he got caught up in a corporate culture that apparently put profits before safety.
Council out of touch
EDITOR: Shame on the troglodytes on the Santa Rosa City Council (“SR council censures defiant Wysocky,” Wednesday). Underneath their motion may be jealousy in knowing that Councilman Gary Wysocky has far greater capacity to be in touch with the thoughts and feelings of the constituency that they do.
Opting in and out
EDITOR: Mark Landman and Natasha Granoff certainly don't speak for me (“Utilities attacking choice — again,” Close to Home, Sunday). I feel just the opposite. I'm tired of being automatically signed up for something, and then having to opt out of it. Especially bothersome is having to pay hard-earned money for the right to opt out.
EDITOR: Since Chris Smith's column about Supervisor Efren Carrillo appeared in the paper (“Onetime wunderkind Carrillo should listen — and step down,” June 8), I have been struggling to compose a response that would not criticize the author nor contribute additional contemptuous rhetoric to the controversy that has raged on the pages of The Press Democrat regarding the Carrillo case. It hasn't been easy.