Letters to the editor

Following are responses to a question about the troubles at MCI detailed in a June 16 story, "MCI haunted by vocal critics."

If MCI is providing the level of service that was agreed upon in the contract and has met the provisions of the contract, then it should continue to be allowed to provide service. The company is allowing the federal government to receive the best price for the services it requests.

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I think that MCI is trying very hard to come back to the former position it held in the market, being innovative and competitive in an arena that was growing ever more single-provider oriented.

The individuals who were responsible for the accounting scandal that caused the current situation are no longer with the company and are hopefully in line for criminal proceedings. They were not, however, in the government markets division that has served our government well.

The people who work hard for MCI — the ones who have already suffered greatly by losing their retirement funds, stock worth, etc., because of the nefarious acts of a few — should not be further punished.

If government contracts are taken away from MCI, think of all the people who will be unemployed through no fault of their own.

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As an employee of MCI and a supporter of government contracts, there is no doubt we are continuing to provide the government with services. And, we will continue to provide them in the future!

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Obviously, being an employee of the company, I have a self-interest in this issue. However, please note that as far as corporate governance, ethics, etc., go, remember that the company voluntarily turned itself in once the accounting fraud was uncovered via an internal audit. Employee-investors were hurt as much or more than external investors.

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The government must not use its buying power to alter market forces. If the government considers the MCI enterprises guilty of fraud, it should take legal action. If not, then the government will be wrong in punishing the innocent.

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