A SPIRITED REACTION TO RALPH REED
Ralph Reed is clearly one of the most dangerous men in America today ("Campaign-finance reform needs a miracle," News: Analysis & Commentary, Aug. 12). It isn't that America wouldn't benefit by a return to religious values; I just don't want Reed (and his Christian Coalition) telling me which ones to return to.
George M. Tomczyk
Rochester, N.Y.Return to top
BUT WHO'S THE TECH-MEDIA CHAMP--WORLDWIDE?
"And in this corner, Pat McGovern" (Cover Story package, Aug. 12) incorrectly implied that International Data Group's revenues are less than those of its competitor, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. You say, "Son's Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. gets 39% of the ad revenues in the market, and IDG grabs 27% through Computerworld, InfoWorld, and 285 other titles." The figure you cited--27%--calculates IDG's U.S. market share only. When measured by worldwide revenues, IDG is the world's leading information-technology media company. As reported in Advertising Age, IDG ranks above Ziff-Davis/Softbank in net media revenues, receiving $912 million in advertising and circulation revenue, vs. Ziff-Davis/Softbank's $852.1 million.
International Data Group
BostonReturn to top
LET'S GET IN GEAR ON THOSE `YEAR 2000' GLITCHES
It is a fallacy to think that we still have three and a half years to prepare computer programs for the Big Day. Computer systems already need to handle maturity dates well past the turn of the century. The manufacturing system I am responsible for had a "Year 2000" problem in January, 1995, when it tried to schedule a 5-year preventive maintenance check for a piece of equipment. The future is now.
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.Return to top
A NEW EPOCH AT CENTURY 21
I am responding to your article "Century 21's house divided" (Up Front, Aug. 12): A "house divided"? I couldn't disagree more. For the first time in years, the Century 21 system finally has its house in order...and we're going places. If this group of "dissidents" would simply get their heads out of the sand, they would see that the new management team has delivered just about everything they promised: new technology, hard-hitting marketing, user-friendly productivity tools, enhanced training programs, discount offers for system members as well as consumers, and more ways for franchisees and agents to make money.
Century 21 Broker/Owner
Las VegasReturn to top
THIS EMPLOYEE-OWNER RATES AVIS NO. 1
As an Avis employee-owner, I must tell you that the story on my company's potential acquisition by HFS Inc. ("Should Avis try harder--for its employees?" The Workplace, Aug. 12) was woefully incomplete, one-sided, and narrow.
Avis stands as the most successful Employee Stock Ownership Plan in this country, and Avis management understands that its employees are the key to that success. An important fact that was absent from the article was that no employee had to give back any wages or benefits. All employees are realizing this windfall, from an investment of $0.
Avis Rent-A-Car System Inc.
ChicagoReturn to top