September 18, 2013

The Sept. 14 Style article “NPR to offer buyouts to staff” was a real eye-opener. NPR solicits contributions from the public incessantly, or so it seems. For what? For a $201 million headquarters, replete with a gym, health clinic, restaurant and executive chef? For $925,000 in severance compensation paid to two executives, one of whom resigned under pressure? This sort of lavish spending might be comme il faut in the marketplace of private businesses, but it is shameful in the case of a nonprofit organization that depends for its existence on funding that originates with the federal government and donations from generous listeners.

Elliot Wilner, Bethesda