And please, Mr. Cobb, tell me what the hell gangsta rap, Middle East terrorism, and the movie 300 has one thing to do with a guy that, without thinking of the possible outcome of a simple act like skateboarding with his dog without a helmet, had his life changed forever? Greg, no one is trying to partake in any “neo-barbaric movement,” nor do I think he was trying to glorify his injuries— he was just a guy that is stating what happened to him and what he went through, and continues to go through, in hopes of educating others so that maybe no one else will have to go through the horrible events that he went through.
Yes, you are 100 percent right— we are all going to die, but God forbid that we be “rude”— let’s not protect or educate children by showing them the possible horrible reality of why they do need to wear protective gear. Yes, it is better to let them run out in the world ignorant while parents shield themselves with crossed fingers with that wishful thinking of “It won’t happen to me if we don’t think about it, it will just happen to someone else.” But then again, I am sure Dorian thought the same thing when he got on his skateboard that day.
Have A Heart, People
I was surprised to read so many complaints in your recent issue (Letters, April 29) regarding the article “Broken Skull, Broken Heart” (Cover Story, April 22). Dorian was brave enough to write his story and even made a comment that he hoped it would persuade just one child to put a helmet on before they go skateboarding. Those who wrote in described how gruesome and disturbing they found the cover photo to be. It hurts me to read these comments and just imagine what these types of people would do if they ran into Dorian on the street. Would they turn the other direction or put their head down while their children point and stare? His story is indeed horrific, but the Reader didn’t print a bloody and sickening picture of the doctors while in the process of removing his skull; they printed a picture of Dorian. I commend your choices for both the story as well as the image of him that was used and hope that some of those who wrote in can imagine how Dorian feels after sharing his experience only to receive letters of how “gruesome” and “disturbing” people found his appearance.
This letter is in response to Don Bauder’s April 29 article “Orgy of Self-Congratulation” (“City Lights”).
In this article, Don addresses high compensation for a corporate CEO when the company had reduced earnings. I wonder what the nonexecutive employees received during this time? It’s likely that they received little or nothing, or maybe some got laid off?
This is a major problem in Corporate America. The usual comment by the board members who approve these bonuses is that “We must retain the executives because they have special talents.”
First of all, there is usually nothing special about most executives. They tend to be manipulative people who surround themselves with yes-men and yes-women. They also tend to select the board members, and it goes without saying that they select people who they can control. The end result is a corporate CEO with a board of directors that approves everything that he/she requests.
I realize that board members must be approved by the stockholders; however, the candidates are generally nominated by the CEO, resulting in candidates who are beholden to the CEO. We also must understand that the board members must work closely with the CEO or chaos will ensue. If anyone has ever tried to run an organization by committee, you know what I mean. Unfortunately, I don’t have a better way to select board members.
I do, however, have an idea to help mitigate this problem. Incentivize the CEO and the board members to run the corporation based upon longer-term goals. This can be done by extending time frames for bonuses. Executives and board members should not receive “annual” bonuses. Instead, bonuses should be based upon three- to five-year time frames. Bonuses should be paid on average net earnings over a three- to five-year period, which means that no one should receive a bonus for year one or year two. This should include all types of bonus related to compensation for executives and board members. I believe that American businesses will be more competitive and stable when longer-term goals become the focus of the executives and board members.
I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for corporations to apply this concept. I believe that it should become an accounting standard. CPA organizations need to adopt this concept and include it as part of their audit. Just as depreciation standards are applied and reviewed by CPAs, I believe that compensation standards should also be applied and reviewed.
I’m interested to hear other ideas to resolve this issue.
Real News for Real Americans
Re “Broke Cities” (“City Lights,” April 8).
Great article!! Thank you for doing real news that matters to all Americans.
VHS And Ravioli
Is there a Reader “Off the Cuff” rendezvous location that potential interviewees are being invited to? A mystical boat ride? A secret handshake I must learn? Based on the gray-scale portrait backgrounds, it seems likely that these people are meeting in some sort of underground facility, which is quite surprising to me. I ask because I know nothing about your methods to find worthy respondents, and I’m growing weary in my desperate wanderings throughout this city, finding no one that will inquire me for my non sequitur ramblings to be included in such a fine publication. The questions presented are interesting and entirely relevant (hand claps to the columnist), but there’s a certain buzz kill that takes place in my soul when Cliff from La Mesa is somehow gifted with an entire paragraph to explain how VHS tapes are far superior to ravioli. Perhaps the focus shouldn’t be so much on politics, yeah? With no expectations, I request the opportunity to give answers on command. I greatly appreciate the effort it takes that you will spend on materializing this goal of mine. Thank you for being free.