To the Editor:
- First, decline standard field sobriety test citing default injury.
- Second, decline blood test thus extending time for metabolism of alcohol.
- Third, legal loop out of blood-alcohol results being made public.
This is part of what the 99 percent is talking about.
MU is having trouble hiring custodians at $18,000 annual salary because of stains on applicants' background records; dedicated employees at $22,000 to $30,000 per year are in fear a mistake would cost them their jobs, yet with an annual salary of almost $3 million, the Pinkel percent — I mean the top percent — is untouchable.
If one could measure the so called "lack of judgment" exhibited by Pinkel and compare it to equivalent cases, we would find fatal accidents, imprisoned persons of lesser means and shattered lives left in the wake.
For our preeminent educational institution to ignore the consequences of this learning opportunity for countless youth and to not immediately fire one whose pay scale demands much more, leaves not only our community but our entire state in shame.
The learning opportunity here, kids: Screw the rules, the moral codes, the ethics and responsibility to our greater society, and if you're lucky enough to be in the ruling class, just learn how to play the system and damned be our collective souls as long as we are having fun, right?
Christine Doerr lives in Columbia.