- - Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our government has announced a $35 million fine against General Motors for the car company’s delay in announcing a faulty-ignition-switch recall (“U.S. government fines General Motors maximum $35 million for ignition-switch recall delays,” Web, May 16). Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said the following about the matter: “Crashes happened, and people died. Had GM acted differently, perhaps some of this tragedy might have been averted,” “What we cannot tolerate, what we will never accept, is a person or company that knows danger exists and says nothing. Literally, silence can kill,” “The fact remains that GM did not act and did not alert us in a timely manner” and “GM has now agreed to unprecedented and immediate reporting, and broad transparency.”

I have no objection to these remarks, but when I remove “GM” and replace it with “Fast & Furious,” Benghazi” or “IRS,” I see eerie comparisons. The only difference is that our government is permitted to fine GM, while it remains pretty much absolved of any responsibility when it comes to its own actions.

Many Americans seem oblivious to what our current administration is doing, or, worse yet, they support the silence or accept it because the above scandals are “old news.” People have died because of government ineptitude, and we should never accept any attempt to effectively dismiss any action or detailed investigation into the reasons.

I would also expect our president to be the staunchest advocate for ferreting out the truth, regardless of where it may lead. However, President Obama’s silence (or use of executive power) tells me his allegiance does not lie in that direction. That is, in a word, despicable.

TOM TYSCHPER

Gilbert, Ariz.