We need better regulations for a more respectful world

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

After my father started his efforts to save the Great Lakes, he put out pleas to Congress to start a body similar to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with power to outlaw objectionable union practices and racketeering.

Years ago business committed a lot of excesses and the legislation that created the SEC stopped most of it. So whether today’s SEC works as well as it did back in 1957, the idea is great. If my father’s SEC for unions had started, I know Greenwich would have a better time of it with some internal town operations.

So now I state that we need this not just for unions, but for politicians, celebrities and the media.

Some will say everything’s out of control. We need guidelines for celebrities including athletes, who are all role models to youth. We need rules for the media that freedom of speech means reporting the whole truth so the world would be more reasonably respectful. Eliminating the sensational misleading stories, including political ads, that often happen because of editing the story, would really help moral development.

Requiring publishers to have full details available. Word restrictions on articles, make it often near impossible to tell the whole story, which is why there are curmudgeons. I always thought curmudgeons were elf like unreasonable creatures! Then, imagine my surprise at hearing a dedicated individual being called a curmudgeon.

I found the full definition to be a bad-tempered, difficult and cantankerous person. Full stories and proper conduct with unions, politicians and celebrities would eliminate curmudgeons. And to really minimize curmudgeonism, I would also see regulations for protecting high tech users, less interruption or losing work on your computer because it hiccupped.

Our whole world has the hiccups. Thomas Edison is likely turning in his grave, along with all the founding fathers.

We are responsible for taking care of the greatest system of government formed by mankind. We must maintain and improve through its original guidelines, which also means not looking the other way.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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