Corporate crime, its own kind of terror, goes unpunished

Published: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 11:04 am

Re "Texas town shattered" (Page A1, April 19) and "Manhunt ends with capture" (Page A1, April 20): It's interesting how unlimited resources and money are available for capturing terrorist suspects in Boston, or criminalizing recreational drug use. Meanwhile, this nation continually underfunds regulatory agencies required to keep Americans safe each day.

The last OSHA safety inspection at the Texas fertilizer plant that blew up was in 1985 with a "hefty" $30 fine for numerous violations. And the company just carried on, with senior executives not held liable in any way.

From Wall Street fraud to health insurance companies allowed to improperly deny care, to food and drug safety inspections that go lacking, Americans are continually harmed and killed every year. Incredibly, we accept this, told repeatedly that government is the problem, while ignoring corporate lobbying that reduces regulation and law enforcement. I look forward to the day when greed-driven crime is prosecuted with the same vigor and resources as the Boston bombers.

-- Allan Weissman, Sacramento

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