Subject: Protecting shareholders (File No. S7-16-07)

September 30, 2007

Chairman Christopher Cox
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-1090

Dear Chairman Cox:

The right for shareholders to petition corporations is key their investments reflecting real stake in the companies, and keeps these companies more responsible in their actions.

I'm writing to say it's critical that these rights deserve protection and should not be compromised just to create convenience for the higher powers at these corporations. Shareholder comment is not something that CEOs should consider an inconvenience.

Joseph Newton