Online Edition Bonus Dialogue
Debate goes on
In response to the June Debate,
“Should cell-phone use be
allowed in airplanes?”
NO. I think the answer to this debate is to
allow text messaging. That way, the people in
favor of usage are somewhat appeased, and
those against it (like myself) won’t be disturbed. The airlines currently allow passengers to watch their own DVDs. However, they
require those passengers to use headsets so as
not to disturb fellow passengers. Apply the
same logic to this situation and eliminate the
If unrestricted cell-phone usage is
allowed, the flight attendants should be sent to
referee training since they will spend the
majority of their time settling heated arguments.
Las Vegas, Nevada
YES. The Federal Communications Commission should not restrict the use of cell phones.
The less the government gets involved—
unless it’s a matter of safety—the better.
However, the airlines should restrict cell-phone use, perhaps allowing them the last 20
minutes before landing or when there is an
in-flight emergency. I would definitely prefer
an airline that restricts cell-phone use.
Santa Clara, Utah
In response to the July Debate,
“Should illegal immigrants be
YES. Look at the issue of illegal immigrants
in this country from this point of view: Most
people think Latinos only come here for wel-
The Costco Connection AUGUST 2006
fare, but they cannot obtain those kinds of
benefits. Also, if you take a look at the agriculture field, you don’t see a lot white or black
people working 10- to 15-hour days in the
fields. Why? Because they don’t want to work
that hard and the wages are too low.
Everyone in this country benefits from
the labor illegal immigrants supply. We are all
equals as human beings. The government has
to find a way to legalize the workers who
qualify for residence. They should go after
those who don’t contribute to the economy
and those who get in trouble.
Noe Moldanado, via e-mail
NO. Illegal immigrants should not be given
amnesty. Not only did they illegally cross the
border, thereby bypassing all of the people
legally waiting to come to the United States,
most do not contribute to our economy or
our society. While they do fill low-wage positions, they do not pay taxes on wages because
they are illegal, and it is illegal to hire illegal
immigrants. They also send most of the
money back home. They cannot get health
coverage, so most end up at the local hospital
being treated courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against
immigration. My ancestors were immigrants.
I am, however, strongly against people coming to my country illegally and sucking our
system dry. I am very angry at my government for postponing action on this very
important issue decade after decade.
Odds and ends
I want to thank you for the organic foods
(berries, etc.) now stocked in Costco stores
and encourage you to have more. It’s the way
of the future. I would love to see bulk dry
goods like grains, beans, etc., available too.
Michelle “Mike” Kerr
We just returned from a one week
trip to Maui that we booked through
Costco. It included six nights at the
Westin, car rental, and plane tickets
for my husband, myself, and
our two children ages 4 and
7. It was absolute perfection.
From the minute we stepped
off the plane and were greeted with
beautiful flower leis (also part of the package), to the seamless car rental pickup to yet
another flower lei greeting and a kiss at the
Westin, we were in heaven.
The hotel was so beautiful and the
pool—actually an 87,000 square foot water
wonderland—kept us from venturing out
other than for dinner or a snorkeling trip. We
love you guys at Costco even more after having such a wonderful travel experience.
Elizabeth Dixon, via e-mail
All that glitters ...
I recently purchased Borghese Age-Defying
Protective Moisture Lotion and have been
using it daily. The cream itself is fine, but the
silver surrounding the pump dispenser has
been peeling off. I did notice that the “silver”
is sort of bubbled on the bottle. It gets on my
hands when I pump the cream and then gets
onto my face when I apply the cream.
I don’t know if this is a problem other
people had or perhaps this bottle was defective, but I thought you should know. I originally read about the product in The Costco
Connection and was disappointed about the
faulty packaging for this fairly expensive
Nina Horowitz, via e-mail
Beauty Care Buyer Erin Medved, responds: We discovered after we shipped the
product to the warehouses that a small lot of
this product had this issue. What we found out
from the manufacturer is that they did not
bake the coating on the pump long enough,
which is why it is flaking and causing silver
specks. They assured us only a small number of
bottles were affected.