Free for All roundup of short critiques of The Post

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Keep the cheese out of it

I was stunned to see The Post refer to a person's decision to report illegal insider trading as "ratting on" the offender ["SEC now freer to hike whistleblower awards," Economy & Business, July 27]. The use of such a negative term about a whistleblower is one reason so many people don't report wrongdoing.

I have represented whistleblowers for more than 20 years, some of whom have received large rewards through government programs. The flip side is they often must endure ostracism and job retaliation for years before they have even a chance for a reward.

In this particular case, perhaps the Post writer chose to be glib because an ex-wife was the whistleblower. But information from insiders is key to effective enforcement on Wall Street, which is why Congress recently created a stronger whistleblower reward program for securities law violations. The hundreds of investors who lost their life savings to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme can only wish that Madoff's wife had made the same decision to "rat on" her husband as hedge fund manager David Zilkha's ex-wife did.

Erika A. Kelton, Washington

Going out with a smile

Thank you for that insightful, provocative obituary of cartoonist John Callahan on July 29. I can't remember laughing so much while reading an article in, of all places, The Post. The story of Mr. Callahan's life was informative, funny and touching. The Post should be proud to have had the courage to print it.

Give us more of this. I know that The Post is a family newspaper. But how about some adults-only space for John Callahan cartoons? Challenge us, dare us, inform us and entertain us. Enough of "Classic Peanuts."

Wallace Babington, Washington

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