This is in response to letter writer Cheryl Manzella's thoughts about paying AIG bonuses ("Congress at Fault," March 26). She states that the bonuses were part of a contract and interrupting this process would change the meaning of contracts.
The flight attendants and pilots at US Airways and countless other union jobs have firsthand knowledge that this ship has sailed. We have seen firsthand that contracts were made to be broken. I only wish we would have had your support when we lost our contracted wages and pensions. Of course, our company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and AIG only asked for billions to save that company.
Maybe you can tell me what contracts are worth honoring and if all employees should be responsible for saving their companies. If so, maybe we should just renegotiate with the AIG people until they realize that they need to fix what they broke. Help is one thing, but rewarding failure is insane.
DONNA MASSIMINO WALKER