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November 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Boeing executives: The antithesis of a good citizen

A Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter cargo plane takes off at Jabara airport in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/MCT)

A Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter cargo plane takes off at Jabara airport in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/MCT)

Think about the workers who made Boeing’s wealth possible

I have never written a letter to The Times, but guest columnist Brendan Williams wrote such a compelling piece that I had to do so [“Stop doubling down on Boeing,” Opinion, Nov. 21].

Boeing executives seemingly have become the antithesis of the good citizen. They receive billions from the federal government in the form of defense contracts, and then more billions in tax breaks from the state of Washington.

As Williams points out, it is never enough. And yet the only beneficiaries worthy of sharing in all this wealth are the top executives who, of course, are the Ayn Rand titans who “make it all happen.” The workers and citizens of Washington are allowed as little as possible. Workers, of course, are nothing more than interchangeable widgets whom you can find in any state for a lower price.

The idea that Washington and its citizens have created the infrastructure that made Boeing’s wealth possible (roads, schools, educated workforce, laws, police, fire, political stability, etc.) does not enter into their thinking. It is only about the elite Boeing executives (many of whom reside in Chicago) and how much they can extract from the world around them. Profit is all that matters. It is this kind of thinking and “business ethics” that are killing this country and world.

We all belong to a community and nation, but this “brand” of executives (not all think this way) belong only to a community of profit and power whose maps are made of financial statements. They have no allegiance or sense of obligation to any traditional community, state or nation. They go where they can extract the most profit.

— Mike Nicosia, Port Orchard

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