Special Features

Nader Outlines Criteria for Next FAA Administrator

On July 10, 2019 the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted 14-12 in favor of Mr. Dickson’s nomination.  The nomination will now go to the full Senate for a vote. On July 11, 2019, Ralph Nader sent a letter to President Donald Trump regarding Stephen Dickson, his nominee to be the next Federal Aviation…

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Letter to Chairman Clayton

June 27, 2019 Chairman Jay Clayton Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549 Dear Chairman Clayton, Given the prominent media coverage and the class actions filed by shareholders of the Boeing Corporation regarding the effect of the 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia on the company’s share price, the SEC…

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Unpublished Letter to the Washington Post Editor

March 14, 2019 Dear Editor: Regarding the op-ed by the Dalai Lama and Arthur C. Brooks: “All of Us Can Break the Cycle of Hatred,” March 11, 2019. Did the Dalai Lama, with his message of love and peace, realize that Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, runs the most concentrated center…

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Letter to the FCC Commissioners

March 18, 2019 Ajit Pai, Chairman Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner Brendan Carr, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, Commissioner Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 Dear FCC Commissioners: The FCC has been an inert toady for the radio and television broadcasting industry, and the cable industry, for so long its obligations have…

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Letters to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack

February 25, 2019 Andrew LackChairman, NBC News 30 Rockefeller Center New York, NY 10112-0002 Dear Mr. Lack: As a baseball fan, I am writing you for the third time in the hope that you will accord me the courtesy of a considered response (attached are my two previous letters). There was a time years ago…

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Letter to President Donald Trump

December 13, 2018 President Donald Trump White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump: After repeatedly telling the autoworkers in Ohio and Michigan not to sell their homes because the jobs are coming back—“believe me, believe me,” you declared, GM is making a fool of you and you are pouting and…

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Consumer Voices Needed in US Privacy Debate

By Ralph Nader and Marc Rotenberg Last week the Federal Trade Commission scheduled two days of hearings to explore new challenges to consumers in the digital age. The hearings were heralded by incoming chair Joe Simons as the first comprehensive review of the consumer agency’s role in almost two decades. The only problem is that…

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Statement on the FAA Authorization Bill

The FAA authorization bill, facing a September 30 deadline, includes a provision, section 3129, authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to decide whether fees by the airlines are “unreasonable or disproportionate to the costs incurred.” Skyrocketing airlines fees total nearly $5 billion a year and are the leading cause of airline passenger complaints to Congress. Members…

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Letters from Nicholas Kachman

Nicholas Kachman spent his professional career as a chemical engineer at General Motors from 1957 to 1993, specializing in curtailing toxic hazards in the workplace and into the outside environment by GM. For years he was GM’s technical liaison with the Environmental Protection Agency on regulatory matters. After his retirement, Mr. Kachman wrote in 2015…

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Letter to President Donald Trump

August 31, 2018 President Donald Trump White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump: There is a double peril for consumer safety and our national security for you to ponder during your Labor Day vacation. First, the New York Times reported that China is withholding samples of a dangerous flu virus—the…

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