Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00170

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Alden Hickman
Retired Presbyterian Minister
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
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As a retired minister I know that ethically a pastor cannot try to get members from another church to switch. I cannot believe the FTC is telling MTNA to stop asking Piano teachers not to steal students. Is it a violation of the law to be ethical? I know is illegal to steal music or copyrighted material. But FTC has not decided that curtails competition. Even the Ten Commandments state "Thou shalt not steal" The very idea that FTC actually has spent time on this issue and ordered punitive action against MTNA is unbelievable. As a pastor I know the value of music education and have seen how ethical piano, and other instrument, instructors are. To make them attend a meeting and here for a number of years an injunction issued by FTC that they are not supposed to be ethical is absurd. Are you going to go after doctors and lawyers next. They too have codes of ethics. I am not a piano teacher or a member of MTNA, but I am a tax paying citizen who is concerned that someone in the FTC is wasting my tax money and you've got to have bigger issues to deal with!!!!!!!!!!! Were there actually any complaints that stated being ethical was restraining some teacher from earning a living???????????????? Respectfully, Rev Alden R Hickman, Honorably retired after 50 yrs in the ministry; Honorably Discharged Veteran US Naval Reserve 1949-1963 with two years active duty as Naval officer around Korea during Korean War -; father of 4 adopted children; attender of 100's of piano, violin, vocal concerts. Do not let this frivolous action go forward!!!!!!!!!!!