Online Edition Bonus Dialogue
Bahamas—purchased through Costco—my had seen a Kirkland Signature gas grill after
mother and I were so caught up in a day of we had purchased the other grill. We were
shopping in Nassau we failed to take our impressed by the construction, the little
passports when leaving the ship. Upon arrival extras—such as the shelf that becomes a
back at the docks, we were in utter despair to removable serving tray—the halogen light on
realize we needed a picture ID to pass the rotisserie and the solid fit and feel of the
through customs and return to the ship. moving parts. The added bonus was the
As my mom was attempting to negotiate price, $200 less.
our passage through customs without proper The box was quite heavy and we quickly
identification, I remembered the Costco found a Costco associate who helped us get it
American Express® Card with picture ID I onto a flat cart. As we left the building, we
had used for all my off-ship purchases. When were told where to find someone to help us
the very large and foreboding customs official load it into our van. Considering I had always
looked at me sternly, I shouted “I’ve got my thought of Costco as more of a “help your-Costco Card.” Everyone in the line behind us self” sort of place, I was very impressed with
Debate Goes On cheered and we avoided a long and embar- the level of service. rassing swim home! When we got the grill home, we were
In response to the May Debate, Lisa Noone delighted to find it almost completely assem-
“Should NASCAR be restricted?” Westford, Massachusetts bled in the box. All we had to do was add
some handles, a shelf and take the plastic
YES. A discussion of NASCAR in a commu- The brand that means more wrappings off the parts.
nity forum such as The Costco Connection I AM A BIG FAN of the Kirkland Signature™ We had an extremely delicious dinner of
would not be complete without an expert’s products. There is something that you could grilled Costco salmon. It was the most enjoy-presentation of the facts of the effects of do to further enhance some products while able grilling experience I’ve had. The side
noise pollution on human and community offsetting the criticism about excess packag- burner was more powerful than my kitchen
health. ing. Many items come in large jars, jugs or stove.
According to the World Health Orga- other containers that can be cleaned and I am having a large cookout next week
nization (WHO) Guideline for Community reused for storage. and am feeling very confident that it will be a
Noise, as the population grows, there is However, the labels don’t come off easily. success. Of course, I’ll be hitting Costco to get
increasing exposure to noise pollution, which Requiring suppliers to use peel-off adhesive all the party food!!
has profound public health implications. on the labels would make reusing the con- Michele Peterson
Noise pollution creates a need for action tainers easier. Adding a “clean and reuse this Springfield, Virginia
at the local level, as well as for improved leg- container” message on appropriate contain-islation and management. Urban noise pol- ers would help reduce the waste flow to local
lution produces direct and cumulative landfills and provide added benefits to mem-adverse health effects by degrading residen- bers. I view the box the salad comes in as
tial, social, working, and learning environ- worth at least a dollar, making it an even big-ments with corresponding real (economic) ger bargain!
and intangible (well-being) losses. Brian Krieg
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to Nassau, We headed to Costco, where I
WHO has documented seven categories Portland, Oregon
of adverse health effects of noise pollution on
humans. YOUR KIRKLAND SIGNATURE brand
• Hearing impairment really is one I look for. When I first joined
• Interference with spoken communication Costco, I’d try it tentatively, but always with
• Sleepdisturbances good results. Now I reach for Kirkland
• Cardiovascular disturbances Signature more often than not.
• Disturbances in mental health Recently, my husband and I went shop-
• Impaired task performance ping for a grill. We went to a barbeque spe-
• Negative social behavior and annoyance cialty store assuming to pay top dollar, but
reactions expecting expertise and good service . We
Please consider providing some space for were sold more of a grill than we wanted,
educating your readers on the hazards of but it had all the features we needed. They
community noise. did not have one in the store and would
Mark J. Huber get one from another location within a
Richmond, Virginia few days and have it assembled. After
three weeks of phone calls, we finally
Odds and ends went in to pick up our grill.
Unfortunately, it was not assembled
Don’t leave home without it nor the right model. We gladly
RECENTLY WHILE VACATIONING on a accepted our money back.