- - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Sponsors of climate study could benefit from action” (Page 1, May 27)? They have already benefited. This has been standard operating procedure for high-ranking officers in the past: You retire to a lucrative position in a consulting firm, start your own firm or serve as CEO of some defense contractor.

Why should it be any different from the typical senator or representative retiring to a multimillion-dollar lobbyist position? First, you vote to turn the health care system upside down, then you become a consultant to fix it. It is the perfect scam.

Fortunately, there are pieces of the federal government that still have integrity and defend the public interest. One example is the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS has always resisted the garbage coming out of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Heart Association regarding nutrition. Too bad the NAS never got the same amount of press for doing it.

However, I see the Navy has apparently reached a new low. The name that really popped out at me when reading this story was that of Adm. Frank L. “Skip” Bowman, the former head of the Navy’s nuclear-propulsion directorate. Adm. Hyman Rickover must be turning over in his grave. Whatever one thought of Rickover on a personal level, he never wavered when it came to competence and integrity. If he even got a hint that someone did not measure up, that person was out.

If Adm. Bowman and the rest of his high-ranking buddies had any real interest in environmental protection, they would be running permaculture farms in West Virginia. Instead they are feeding at the public trough, and it won’t stop until the public puts an end to it.



SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston

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