In “Do Chesapeake layoffs signal end to free-spending ways?” (Business, Sept. 13), Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Doug Lawler stated, “We are going to be return-centric in everything we do and in all aspects of our business.” This quote was reprinted in a Forbes magazine story. We not only have local bad press about Chesapeake, but it's also in a national magazine.
Chesapeake is improving its bottom line by firing gardeners, chaplains and a beekeeper. Chesapeake is a great company and I want it to succeed. I have friends who work there and I own stock in the company. I volunteer with a group that feeds the homeless and the working poor, so I was disappointed to read about Chesapeake closing its garden (much of its produce is donated to a community food pantry). Produce is too expensive for most homeless and working poor, so they go without nutritious meals that include produce.
Chesapeake's response to questions leaves much to be desired; in fact, it was a public relations nightmare. Chesapeake should get out in front of these revelations and talk about all of the good things it's still doing before the general public forms an opinion that they no longer value its standing in our community.
John Douglas, Oklahoma City