The pope's message
Re “The pope comes up short,” Editorial, March 25
The Times doesn't explain that the pontiff's message to the Catholics in Ireland, as a pastoral letter, by definition does not address administrative and juridical measures such as the defrocking of priests or the dismissal of prelates.
No matter. Rome is abject; she did it to herself.
Nothing the pope can say now will suffice. The victims are beyond words, and the enemies of the church, like wolves sensing blood, are going in for the kill.
A singer's take on the church
Re “ ‘God needs to be rescued,’ ” March 25
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who first publicly challenged the pope years ago, has become even more brave with time.
Her thoughts on the child abuse scandal sear the lies like a blaze of truth. Her statement that "God needs to be rescued" (from the Catholic Church) is stunningly wise.
The holy spirit is honesty and compassion in action, principles the church has long abandoned here.
The title of this article wasn't the only notion that I found intriguing.
While O'Connor makes the point that the finger should be pointed all the way up the chain of command to the pope, I can't help but wonder why a thinking person would figure it should stop there.
O'Connor supports her logic by saying, "If you were the boss of a company and some of the employees of your company were known to sexually abuse children, you would fire them instantly."
Am I the only person who wonders what the CEO of the Universe was doing while widespread molestation and other horrific abuse of children was occurring? Fair question?
Outraged at child abuse
Re “Father says he warned of abuse,” March 24
With Deandre Green, we have another story of a young child being killed by a parent or caregiver. Where is the outrage?
We all know about Jessica's Law and Megan's Law, but where is the call for Deandre's Law or Viola's Law?
As a first-time father of an 18-month-old, I cannot imagine how an adult could knowingly and willingly hurt a child, who can't possibly defend himself and can't possibly have done anything deserving of such a fate.
You cause the death of a young child, and that's the last time you see freedom. I don't hear the outrage that we should all be feeling.
Re “Burying ACORN,” Editorial, March 24
Contrasting liberals' skepticism about leaders' innocence (and underlings' guilt) at Abu Ghraib with their willingness to believe claims of innocence (and underlings' guilt) from the leaders of ACORN is one of the worst analogies I've ever seen in an editorial.
I served in the Army. Most grunts and noncommissioned officers don't eat without permission -- let alone torture.
I have also served on the boards of nongovernmental organizations. Managing volunteers is like herding cats.
I traveled to post-Katrina New Orleans six times to gut homes and rebuild them with Habitat for Humanity. I interfaced with ACORN many times. Its members were responsible for gutting more homes than all other NGOs combined. They were constant champions of the poor. They will be sorely missed. To treat them so cavalierly is shameful, regardless of who made mistakes or didn't have a high-priced PR firm to unleash. The unrepresented are losing a forceful organization.
Re “Whose board is it?,” March 24
In uncontested elections, directors should be elected by a majority of votes cast, and many in the S&P 500 already require directors to resign if they fail to win a majority vote. The Dodd bill would merely extend this toothless provision to companies that have not already adopted this standard.
However, last year about 100 directors did not receive a majority vote, and none lost his or her position because boards are not required to accept director resignations.
The Dodd bill should be amended so that directors who fail to get a majority vote must be removed within 90 days.
Elk Grove, Calif.
The writer is publisher of CorpGov.net, a corporate governance weblog.
Whitman's spending spree
Re “Whitman spent $249 a minute to be tops in polls,” March 24
I presume Meg Whitman wants to be governor of California to help the residents of our state live better lives. I can't help but wonder how much more effective she would already be toward reaching that goal if she were giving $249 each minute to the many worthy charities and social programs throughout the state.
Whitman just told us everything we need to know about her with the partial list The Times provided of her spending.