The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 12, 2013

United Way CEO's email

The Daily Item

— I wasn’t aware Snyder County Commissioner Kantz shared any information with his county’s employees about the alleged high salaries of national non-profit leaders until your article about local United Way CEO Ms. Albright’s concerns about his doing so was published. Those employees will at least be able to make a judgment as to whether or not some of these salaries might be excessive.

Ms. Albright is quoted, in your article as saying that Mr. Kantz’s email “...perpetuates stereotypes and misinformation.”

Since Mr. Kantz’s email was not printed, I have no way of knowing what salaries he referenced, or what stereotypes or misinformation Ms. Albright thinks were contained in the email. All the public has now is that Mr. Kantz gave some information to county employees and that has upset Ms. Albright. I’m not sure that is news.

What would be interesting news would be if The Daily Item were to publish the salaries of national and local non profit leaders and let the public decide if they are excessive. I’ve been of the opinion for quite some time that non-profit organizations which purport to operate for the public good should open their books to the public in a meaningful way, just as governmental entities have to do.

Sorry Ms. Albright, but your worries about your agency’s fundraising efforts/bottom line, having been made public, have made the underlying salary issue into a public issue. Will the Daily Item follow up?

Dennis Ziegenfuss,