Jilting at windmills.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
A New York Times reporter and Charles Peters ("Tilting at Windmills," December) both discussed the wisdom of removing all chairs from conference rooms. They must be avid readers of your publication--specifically, the May 1996 letters column--because it was there that I distilled all the wisdom I had gained from working a lifetime inside the bureaucracy. Repeat after me: "When meetings cannot be avoided, there are two ways of lessening their impact. Rule No. 1: All meeting rooms should be provided with office supplies--but not with food, drink, or chairs. Rule No. 2: All meetings should be scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Fridays."
William M. Burke
San Francisco, Calif.
Charles Peters replies: William Burke was clearly. first with "no chairs." And his 4 p.m. Friday suggestion is absolutely inspired. In response to Rabbi Kushner, I very much want Israel to survive, but I'm against the Israeli right wing and its American allies who I believe are out to sabotage any peace that would be fair to the Palestinians. Such a peace is the best guarantee of Israel's survival.
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