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Carol Stone, business economist & active Episcopalian, brings you "Ways of the World". Exploring business & consumers & stewardship, we'll discuss everyday issues: kids & finances, gas prices, & some larger issues: what if foreigners start dumping our debt? And so on. We can provide answers & seek out sources for others. We'll talk about current events & perhaps get different perspectives from what the media says. Write to Carol. Let her know what's important to you:

Saturday, July 08, 2006

On the Death of Kenneth Lay

You may have read or heard that Kenneth Lay, former chairman of the former Enron Corporation, died of a heart attack early Wednesday morning in Aspen, Colorado. Our last comment about him was on May 30, when we described how we had prayed in church for him and his associate Jeff Skilling just days after their federal court convictions for fraud. We're writing now because we feel we must acknowledge Lay's passing, but we admit to being bewildered at this development.

Perhaps our last statement about Lay is the place to leave his story. That is, soon after the jury verdict, we prayed for him and his family, not with any specific intention but simply because we were led to do so. Now, may God in his mercy give rest to Mr. Lay's troubled soul and strength to his troubled family. And may God in his mercy tend to all who were harmed by Lay's crimes and grant them strength and energy to face the days ahead.

In an article to appear soon after the weekend, we will tell you a much better story about two other business leaders who have also made news in the last couple of weeks, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beleive it or not, my first cynical thought was that he might have staged his own death because he couldn't face his prison sentence! Too many murder mysteries in my past -- but it certainly is an example of what happens to us spiritually when public trust is violated.

In any case, I'm sorry for my first thought. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may everyone involved in this sorry tale find comfort and healing.

7/08/2006 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think he is dead.....

7/30/2006 8:17 PM  

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