Don’t sell out basic services

Regarding the June 20 article, “Dilemma: How to shed white elephants’ red ink?“: The word “reform” sounds good, but if corporations become a permanent fixture in government functions, we will simply be exchanging “government corruption” for “corporate greed.”

A corporation has no higher loyalty than to profits, and owes nothing to the general public. Once a corporation is put in charge of handling sewage or providing clean water, and especially if it is paid directly by the government with public funds, we will have to accept every corporate policy or face termination of service.

Corporations should not be allowed to control such important infrastructure, and any public servants who feel it is beyond their ability to supervise and maintain basic services should resign — not sell us out to corporations.

grant mahood

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