NAILING THE ISSUE
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading your article "Politics Triumph Over Justice," (Risk & Insurance®, June 2005, page 14) about Michael Jackson, Hank Greenberg and the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. You hit it right on the head. Fear and gossip have taken over the judicial system in our country, and no politician seems inclined to want to fix it. If fear can create the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, then I guess fear is good in the eyes of many of our politicians. Thanks for thoughtful reading.
Senior Account Executive
INTEGRITY IN QUESTION
Many of us "four levels below" Roger Egan at Marsh, "Integro: Brokering on Integrity," (Risk & Insurance®, August 2005, page 18) sensed something was amiss, and it was discussed openly. We simply never understood why new revenue was valued so highly, regardless of profitability. We now know it was due to the kickback scheme of which Garvey and Egan plead ignorance.
These two seem to imply that while they held leadership roles and collected substantial salaries, neither bothered to understand how the company actually made money. Now, instead of expressing remorse for their lack of stewardship, they smooth-talk some investors, hire a PR firm and perform the role of innocent rubes.Knowledgeable people within the industry are not buying this tired act, Latin name and all.
Speaking of Latin, I suggest the author renew acquaintances with his high-school Latin teacher. He has confused the Latin verb integro "to renew, to replenish" with the adjective integritas "purity, unimpaired condition." While sharing the same root, they are different words. "Replenishing Their Bank Accounts" would have been a far more accurate interpretation of Integro, both the word and the company.
Kevin J. Moynihan
Upper Midwest Insurance Services
St. Paul, Minn.
September 15, 2005
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