Letters to the Editor

The wrong messages

I don't agree with Michael Der Manouel Sr.'s statement [letter June 21] that the sisters in the Genesis embezzlement case should go unpunished because they have done more good than harm. I cite four potential repercussions of allowing them to continue business as usual:

They show no remorse, nor beg forgiveness, but instead demand favors. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by their demands, we encourage others to skim and scam and demand as well.

We discourage hard work and honesty among lower-paid workers when we hold wealthier individuals to lesser standards.

Ignoring theft by management of a nonprofit organization compromises the trust of the public in the use of their donations by all nonprofits. I am certainly going to inquire into the salaries given directors of "nonprofits." It makes no sense that I should sacrifice to finance someone else's BMW.

The worst repercussion concerns the negative messages the sisters' behavior sends to vulnerable children in their charge. Evidently lying, stealing and cheating are not crimes if they lead to success. And success is measured by the size of one's wallet and the amount of stuff one possesses. Honesty and integrity only get in the way of business as usual.

Judy Johnson

Fresno

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