I am writing in response to your Jan. 6 editorial, in which you invite comment on your agenda.
Having spent the lion's share of my career in packaging, and many subsegments of it, I have been exposed to numerous professional magazines. While I believe each represented excellence in serving its readership, never once have I seen one so willing to step up to the plate to address social issues, or take stances that could be seen as biting the hand that feeds the mouth.
Your willingness to:
cChallenge companies to pay their fair share of taxes.
cEven raise the specter of a bottle-return bill.
cEncourage community service.
cPush for aggressive recycling efforts for the good of society as well as our collective bottom lines.
cDevote substantial space to the July 29 issue and the very emotional story of the Hayes family, which speaks volumes about your integrity, your humanity and professionalism.
While I believe that a trade journal has a primary responsibility to educate, inform and promote a given trade, we all bear a responsibility to our communities and the land we walk upon.
Profit is not a dirty word, but a reward and recognition of excellence in doing well, what we each do in our businesses.
There is no reason talented people who contribute their skills to their shareholders and stakeholders cannot earn a fair and equitable return on investment without having to sacrifice morals and ethics, or personal responsibility.
Keep up the good work!
Belvac Production Machinery-Plastic Container Systems