Cruise ship initiative unfair to lines

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2003

In your Oct. 15 edition you identified Joe Geldhof, a sponsor of the Cruise Ship Ballot Initiative, as a lawyer for the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA).

In so doing, the article suggested that Mr. Geldhof's sponsorship of the initiative is supported by and on behalf of the MEBA.

This is not the case.

In fact, the MEBA does not support the ballot initiative because it paints with too broad a brush and would treat all cruise lines the same.

MEBA believes this would be unfair because not all cruise lines are the same.

Indeed, some cruise lines are recognized and respected the world over as good corporate citizens. The MEBA believes, therefore, the ballot initiative is flawed and does not serve the best interests of the state or its citizens.

Ron Davis

president, Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Washington, D.C.

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