Local officials should reconsider support for Boeing

In May, County Executive Dave Somers and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin wrote and submitted a commentary to The Herald. Both touted and supported Boeing-just as the FAA was grounding the 737 Max-due to two fatal crashes. They both exhorted The Boeing Co., and all it has done and represents. What it represents is a cash flow to each of these governmental entities. Nothing more.

Now that it appears clear that the decisions about safety were trumped by corporate profits to shareholders, and staying ahead of Airbus, the company played bean counter economics with the lives of hundreds; and lost. It would surely have been more, had the FAA not grounded the plane-even as the last world government to do so. We are seeing new discovery daily about the evidence of corrupt decisions to fly this unsafe plane. The news gets worse weekly.

The board of directors just fired CEO Muilenburg over this disaster; the buck/decisions rested with him. Too bad he will not face criminal charges for his corrupt decisions that led to hundreds of lives. He deserves more than some golden parachute firing.

Mr. Somers and Ms. Franklin, will you both come clean and transparent about what your current opinions are now? Or are you both immune to humanity in favor of income?

Shame on you both for making such a premature statement. Do you believe in responsibility and accountability? So far, the answer is a clear: not. The past 20 years I have been fighting corporate wrongdoing across the country. The instant example is hard to top.

Rob Dietz

Arlington

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