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What About Dragons?

May 08, 1988

In light of violent acts of "revenge" against co-workers such as the shooting aboard a PSA jet in December, I was appalled by your publication of Wayne Curtis' Viewpoint column.

It was point No. 3, "Don't avoid revenge; savor it," that made me boil. It advised: "If done with wit and verve, well-timed and well-crafted revenge can build organizational morale."

How can such a responsible newspaper publish such a negative, anti-productive, deceitful, Neanderthal notion as encouraging middle managers to seek revenge against "their contemporaries' incivilities?"

Haven't we learned anything? Advocating and promoting the widespread use of retaliation as a management tool could be the thread that unravels us all.

JOHN BOAL

Burbank

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