To the editor:
In many countries it is a custom that in order to do business, clandestine payments must be made to certain entities. I understand that the Wal-Mart Company is being investigated for possibly following this practice in Mexico. The investigation suggests a criminal act may have occurred.
In the United States we have a similar custom. To enact laws allowing a business to operate or to prevent laws having an adverse affect on a business, it is common practice to hire a lobbyist. The lobbyist make verbal appeal to lawmakers. They also contribute vast amounts of money to lawmakers’ election campaigns or other ventures. This custom is considered lawful, regardless of the unreasonable cost to citizens in may instances.
Any difference in payments for favors described above is “not” significant.