Lawmakers could take a page out of the book of penance

A child expert says that playing the saxophone or piano will keep the youngsters from becoming juvenile delinquents. We also understand it will  teach them how to live alone and like it.
I smiled the other evening when I watched the Wells Fargo chief executive try to defend his bank against criticism from lawmakers that the mega bank has not done enough to reform itself since admitting last year it had opened millions of fake accounts customers didn’t want.
As the chief executive pointed out, he too was angry how the bank had handled these problems and now has overhauled its community banking division; ditched aggressive sales goals; released some employees; and taken other steps.
My smile came when several senators who were questioning him seemed to believe that the changes were not sufficient and the bank was willing to abuse customers and even bank employees.
While I certainly don’t condone Wells Fargo’s practice and can agree with some of the criticism,
 I find it somewhat amusing that the harsh criticism comes from a committee of politicians who have found it difficult over decades to put their own political houses in order. As the bank paid their fines and rebated customers, hoping to earn back customer trust, maybe our national politicians should endeavor to get their houses in order and hopefully gain public trust.
We’ve been told that during the heat of the space race in the 1960’s, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ball point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of $1 million. The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back on earth.
The Soviet Union was faced with the same problem, but they used a pencil.
According to educational reports, college students are terrible spellers, indicating that they aren’t qualified for much of anything but journalism.
“Real Love” has been defined as remembering her birthday, but not which one.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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