UNFAIR TO CHURCH
Regarding the article "Risks of the Faithful," on Page 20 of the February issue of Risk & Insurance®,
on church risk management by columnist Chris Mandel, I have met Chris and he seems to be a nice guy and certainly knowledgeable on risk.
But certainly he could have written his article without the swipes at the Catholic church. I doubt that Chris is a Catholic, and the merits of what has happened within our church versus what is in the courts/media are really not proper for your publication.
Certainly, there have been issues in our church, but just as certainly there are other denominations that have had their own problems. Again, he could have easily written the article without those references, and to me they come off as gratuitous.To judge our history as "sordid" in a closing paragraph comes off as flippant, and as to reputation, I will take my chances with the good we have done against the admittedly bad acts of a minority of priests.
Vice President, Risk Management
Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.
READER TAKES ISSUE WITH BROKER AGES
Your story, "Long May They Run," appearing on Page 68 of the February issue of Risk & Insurance®, all but indicts and condones brokerage houses that terminated experienced brokers over the age of 40 and replaced them with younger brokers. This is a huge risk management concern, and opens up a firm to claims of age discrimination.
Shame on Risk & Insurance® for an article that so blatantly endorses such practices and spreads entirely false stereotypes that older brokers do not offer "vigor, tenacity and tech savvy."
Sandra L. Abbey
Sr. Director, Administrative Services
Tucson Airport Authority
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not to endorse one broker over another, nor to recommend or steer readers to younger brokers over their veteran colleagues.
April 1, 2010
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