Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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Government, business leaders have different qualifications

Thank you for the insight in Shawn Gude’s June 15 column: Business and government are not the same. Their purposes are not the same. A business claims to provide a goods or a service, but the capitalist system we live under demands that a business make money — the more money the better, supposedly.

Government exists to provide public services, for the good of the community and the individuals who live in the community. The government is not for making profits but for serving the general welfare — totally unlike a business or corporation.

Those elected or appointed to serve in government must obviously concern themselves with the general welfare. Their eyes must be on preserving the soil, the water, the air, the health and safety and welfare of each and every one of us in their jurisdiction. Businesses don’t always have concern for soil conservation, clean air, safe water for drinking, swimming, and growing the fish and seafood we love to eat.

Businesses and corporations claim they need to make money for their stockholders, sometimes with total disregard for soil, air, water and even the health and safety of their workers, without whom they wouldn’t be making any profit.

The aims of government and businesses are not the same, and it does not take the same kind of men and women to run them.

Elsie Gauley Vega
Iowa City

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