The recent piece on the Voices page, "Don't blame Burger King for ducking taxes" states the following: Corporations exist to make money. Their executives have a fiduciary duty to shareholders to maximize profits.
This statement, which most of us accept as a simple fact, is at the root of so many of our problems that it's hard to overstate. All of our efforts toward sustainability, peace, reversing climate change and economic justice founder on our acceptance of this flawed justification for corporations to act without conscience or regard for anything greater than their shareholders' pocketbooks.
If we have any chance to improve the quality of life on our fragile and ailing planet, we need to challenge this idea at every turn. It is possible to do business with a broader sense of obligation, and we must insist on that, to our lawmakers and, most of all, to ourselves.
Avram Chetron, Ashland
Why I support Talbert
I have gotten to know Kevin Talbert not through typical social gatherings, but through his incredible volunteer service.
I first met him and became aware of his community service through Friends of the Animal Shelter. He is a foster parent, builds equipment at the shelter for dogs and cats and lends a hand whenever asked. He even lends his home and barbecues for the other volunteers, board members and staff to help us to get to know each other better.
This helped me recognize Kevin when he was appearing at the Brain Bowl, a competition for academic excellence at the high school level. He has probably been volunteering at this yearly event longer than I have.
He is also involved in the Ashland Food Project and so much more. This man cares about his county, from the four-legged friends, to educating our youth, to feeding the less fortunate. These are just a few of the reasons this man has my vote.
Diane Novak, Ashland