Should shareholders share in blame for deadly corporate error

Regarding what 737 Max documents have revealed on how intensely Boeing focused on cost:

It’s hard to imagine any passenger willingly fly on a 737 Max jetliner, regardless of any future safety assurances Boeing corporate headquarters may publish. So much for cost-effectiveness.

Even better, recently ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg will receive $62.2 million from Boeing, while 346 ticket-buyers received a most horrific death.

I know I’d have trouble being at the mountainous-money end of that morbidly lopsided equation.

When I, as a potential past and future flier, read about such seriously questionable big business negligence cases — especially those of equal or worse offenders, notably the makers of the relatively new candy flavored vaping concoctions resulting in life-threatening ailments (e.g. popcorn lung), and Big Pharma’s opiate-addiction-crisis particularly because they were trusted to heal rather than seriously harm — I picture, albeit a bit cynically, corporate CEOs figuratively shrugging their shoulders and defensively saying that their job is to protect shareholders’ bottom-line interests.

Meanwhile, the shareholders, also figuratively shrugging their shoulders, defensively state that they just collect the dividends; the CEOs are the ones to make the moral and ethical decisions.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock, B.C.

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