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We are faithful Costco members and always
look forward to getting The Costco Connection.
After reading “Long live the King” in the May issue
about an Elvis Presley tribute artist, I decided to
Debate write you about my husband, Bob Mario.
goes on Bob volunteers his time to croon old standards
at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and spe-
In response cialized hospitals. When Bob sings at these venues,
to the June I often observe seniors in the audience, many of
Debate, whom are physically ailing, singing along, dancing,
“Should cell- smiling and, at times, crying. The songs he per-
phone use be forms bring back special memories for them.
allowed in He practices songs by such artists as Dean Martin,
airplanes?” Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra and Al Martino
every day without fail. We are always picking up blank
music CDs at Costco so he can record his practices. He
says practice makes perfect. As for me, I always get a
Y ES. Cell-phone use should be allowed on planes. little nervous when he drags me up at one of his per-
However, people should learn which calls to make formances for a quick fox trot across the dance floor
and which to wait on. Chuck Underwood argues that during an instrumental.
since people do not know how to behave, it should Karen Mario, Warren, New Jersey
not be allowed. That is absurd! People have learned
cell-phone etiquette for other situations, They can Kudos for Kirkland Signature
learn how, and when, to use cell phones on airplanes. I enjoyed the article “The Sign of Value” (June,
Joaquin Quiroz Jr., Escondido, California 2006) and of course, I enjoy buying the Kirkland
Signature brand of so many items. I appreciate all the
NO. Having recently returned from a cross-country research and hard work that goes into making the
flight on which I endured passengers’ cell-phone con- items the highest quality on the market.
versations before and after the flight, I My question is: How can we, as mem-
can’t image enduring such banter while in bers, give you feedback on particular items?
the air. I already know all about a neighbor- Is there a form at the store or online that we
ing passenger’s old house, how to reprogram could use? What’s more efficient for you?
his garage-door opener, who the good Keepupthegood work.
neighbors are, where to find the touch-up Phyllis S. Taylor, via e-mail
paint, etc. He was apparently talking to
the new owner (and to everyone else You can provide feedback on any Costco
on the plane, given his loud voice). product to the Member Services Depart-
I also know about all his business meet- ment at 1-800-774-2678 or fill out a
ings, who needs to get fired at his com- form and put it in the suggestion box at your
pany (I can’t remember her name, but she’s getting local warehouse.—Ed.
the ax this week!) and lots of other trash I would just
assoonnotknowabout. Your article on Kirkland Brand Products
Tom Mason, Oregon City, Oregon prompted me to write. Everything you say is true!
Several years ago a friend of mine started giving
YES. I think cell-phone use should be allowed. me a case of commercial-quality tuna as a hostess gift
Maybe the cell-phone users could be put in a separate for the use of my ski condo. When she was no longer
cordoned-off section since they don’t seem to be able to get the tuna, I went into “tuna shock!”
bothered by the lack of privacy and noise. When they Everything that I bought labeled “white albacore
make their reservations, they’ll specify that they want tuna” was awful. I even threw many cans away.
to be in the cell-phone area. Then several years ago while shopping in Costco,
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Jennifer Bean, via e-mail I sampled your Kirkland Signature tuna. This was the
great stuff that I remembered. Needless to say, I’ve You can read
NO. I am a frequent business traveler (I flew more converted anyone I saw looking at tuna. I am a solid more Debate
responses and letters from
than 100,000 miles last year). At present, if you Kirkland Signature brand buyer now, and yes, every- members in the Online
absolutely have to make a call, there are phones on thing is ‘as good as or better’! Edition. Go to costco.com and
the plane, although they are relatively expensive, Pat Baglietto, Stockton, California click on “Costco magazine.”
which is wonderful because it keeps the use down. I
can’t imagine trying to work or sleep on a plane
with myriad needless conversations going on Have something to say?
around me. Let’s face it, many people are oblivious Readers are encouraged to submit letters to our editors on any topic or issue
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