Saturday, November 14, 2009

Letter to the Editor: Big Shot Yankees

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
November 8, 2009 Sunday

Dear Editor

I can't get over the feeling that the success of the New York Yankees winning the World Series and the news of Wall Street firms receiving priority doses of H1N1 vaccine [World & Nation, Nov. 6] are somehow connected.

The Yankees were clearly the best team in baseball this year, but at what cost? Their payroll (with luxury tax) is more than double that of 25 of the 29 teams with whom they compete - if indeed compete is the proper word.

Wall Street has hardly missed a beat after being bailed out by taxpayers. Bonuses that most of us would associate with winning the lottery continue to be commonplace.

Money is the currency of influence and whether we like it or not, it probably always will be. Go to work for Goldman Sachs and become a Yankees fan, and you'll live happily ever after. Maybe.

Douglas Wright

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