Readers Write: (Aug. 2): Target's new CEO, Ebola outbreak, sanctions, health care directives, immigration, war drumbeats

  • Updated: August 1, 2014 - 6:17 PM

In a day, he’ll earn three times what a minimum-wage worker makes in a year.

The front page of the Star Tribune on Aug. 1 informed us that Brian Cornell will earn $36.6 million as the new CEO of Target Corp. Another front-page article informed us that Jacquita Berens also will earn more next year. She will receive a 75-cent hourly raise, boosting her 70-hour workweek by about $53. In fact, both are employees and will work hard to do their best at their jobs and, given the profit and company growth responsibilities, Cornell clearly deserves more income. He will collect almost $100,000 a day, more than three times what Berens will earn in a full year.

There is something inherently immoral in this disparity of income that will continue as long as wealthy corporate boards extend ridiculous pay packages.

David Wilbur, Edina

The writer is former COO and vice chairman of Carlisle Plastics.

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Could you please thank Brian Cornell, the new CEO of Target, for completely screwing up my Facebook and e-mail accounts? I expect a discount.

Brian Cornell, Minnetonka

The writer is a retired dentist.


Federal agencies must do the following:

We need to actively address the Ebola outbreak before the virus is spread to our country via airline travel. Two federal agencies with the most authority in this area are the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Authority. The DHS has authority for the overall federal response in case of a pandemic, and the FAA has authority over international airline travel.

Three policies must be implemented. First, halt all airline travel to and from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The West African airline company Asky already suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after Patrick Sawyer, a U.S. citizen, was sickened with and eventually died from Ebola while traveling to Nigeria on a commercial airline. The FAA should follow Asky’s lead.

Second, the DHS should screen all travelers to the United States from the West African region for Ebola. Such screening is completely workable. In fact, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. has been medically screening thousands of refugees entering the country for years. Additionally, Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority has just implemented rules to screen all airline travelers to Nigeria for signs of Ebola. We must do the same.

Lastly, the DHS should mandate and fund appropriate treatment and quarantine facilities at the local level. The burden of shouldering Ebola cases must not fall on our local governments. We must prepare and act now before the virus spreads here.

Joe Tamburino, West St. Paul



U.S., E.U. actions do more harm than good

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