Writer says Edlis, PN lacking in judgement
I neither understand nor appreciate the excessive length and political-propaganda content of the Oct. 26 article on Mr. Edlis (``Art adorns molder's Apollo, Page 1). The article shows me that a successful business person can have poor judgment and knowledge of political issues, and also can have poor taste in primitive art forms. Is weasel-wording, lying, perjury and obstruction of justice something to defend? Surely we do not want to condone such behavior.
Since you ran the Edlis piece, you ought to strive for balance and present the other side of the story. Or, better yet, stick to plastic news — not superfluous politics just before elections.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Product endorsement not Kosher, rival says
The Society of Plastics Engineers for the first time has taken the highly unusual step of endorsing a particular company's training products. In this case, SPE is endorsing the complete line of A. Routsis Associates training courses.
The process for selecting the Routsis materials was highly unusual. There was no review by technical experts, no technical committee approval, and no survey of users — just a decision by SPE's executive director [that was] approved by the Executive Committee. And even more unusual, the endorsement was given without reviewing training materials from any other supplier. Paulson courses are the training standard at thousands of processing companies and are used at over 50 colleges and universities. We would have welcomed the opportunity to present our training courses for evaluation.
Michael Capelletti, SPE executive director, has informed us that the opportunity is closed to all others and that they have made their selection.
While we remain supporters of SPE as an organization, we strongly disapprove of the SPE administration's methods and secrecy. As far as we know, this is the first time SPE has ever formed a commercial partnership with one supplier to the detriment of all other suppliers. We frankly doubt that SPE membership would agree that the organization should endorse specific products, but if it does, SPE should at least evaluate all of the choices before it makes its endorsement. It's a disservice to the dues-paying membership to do otherwise.
It is a slippery slope down which SPE is now heading. Can we now expect SPE to endorse specific suppliers of plastics and machines and custom molders? We urge the SPE administration to reconsider its path and urge the membership to voice their opinions.
Donald C. Paulson
Paulson Training Programs Inc.