Those Were the Days
Thank you so much for your fond farewell [“Farewell, Betsy & Judy,” Jan. 26]. Yes, as reported, in days of yore The Nation “was pasted up on boards” (“cut” and “paste” were literal and involved real knives and glue—or hot wax). But no, the boards were not “sent to the printer by mail.” More horrifying, the boards were handed to an intern, who took them to the Port Authority terminal and put them on a bus. The boards traveled about two hours into the wilds of Pennsylvania, where they were tossed out into the night to be retrieved by the printer. After one intern missed the bus (or put the boards on the wrong bus, I can’t remember which), and after a driver forgot to toss the boards out into the night and they wound up next morning back at Port Authority, The Nation hired a messenger service.
sag harbor, n.y.
It’s Not Mutual
Many thanks for Jamie Raskin’s timely article “The Republican Governors Thank You for Your Donation,” [Feb. 2]. My wife and I both are teachers who have contributed to the same funds mentioned in Raskin’s exposé of how retirement funds bankroll “dark money” groups and Super PACs. Well, we don’t like it, so after thirty years, we will be moving our money to a more progressive entity.
Bruce and Nancy Badrigian
morro bay, calif.
I’m going to try and relieve the author’s moral anxiety. First off, your mutual fund is an autonomous, independent legal entity that is separate from its investors—that would be you. And since you are apart from the entity, you are separate from its investments. Rest assured, you are not “invested in every single one of the generous and politically active corporations” that you list.
But, of course, you are onto some larger moral complication. That is, to be morally sustainable you must stay away from capitalism and its schemes. I know the difficulties and appreciate the compelling temptations. At least in our democracy, we have choices: stick it in a mattress.