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Debate goes on
In response to the July Debate,
“Do politics have a place at the
America unintentionally depicted our country
negatively and hurt people.
“I am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I
love America unshakably—without hesitation—and am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support our great nation has
always provided me.
“Over the years I’ve witnessed and advised
others how a thoughtless gesture or comment
can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I’ve
proven my own point. Please accept my sincere
Based on the context of her speech and her
subsequent apology, we believe that while
clumsy in its construction, Nooyi’s commencement address was not meant to be insulting or
a condemnation of the United States.
Sometimes the best examples are those that
show that if one has made an honest mistake
and acknowledges it, it is still possible in this
country to succeed and prosper.—Ed.
NO. The Olympics are a sporting event, not a
government operation. The athletes are just
there to compete.
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inform people worldwide and an opportunity
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Orland Park, Illinois
I truly enjoyed June’s Debate: “Is being
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that I wholeheartedly agree with Standolyn
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Green is good
I have been a Costco member for many
years, and I read with interest your article
“Green makes sense at Costco” in your July
issue of The Costco Connection.
As an individual, I also have been doing
my share of going green. I put solar panels on
the roof—for the past six months my electrical bill totaled $74.60. I just love seeing my
electrical meter going “backwards”!
I have also installed all dual-pane low-e
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T hanks for your well-written
a rticles in your magazine, and
t hanks for being so committed
to shrinking your carbon foot-p rint.
Apache Junction, Arizona
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Pop goes the cover
As a Navy veteran, spouse of a Navy veteran and father of a USNA [U.S. Naval
Academy] midshipman, I am insulted by your
selection of [Indra Nooyi, June 2008] as a leading story. Her history includes her infamous
analogy of the United States as a “middle finger” [to] the world in her college address to
Columbia Business School. It is insulting to
tout the American Dream
through such a “fluff” piece
[about] an individual who
fails to recognize the roots of
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Our intent in profiling Indra Nooyi was to highligh t
her vision and mangagemen t
style as the new CEO at Pepsico .
The 2001 commencemen t
speech analogy—which we belie ve
was an honest attempt to addr ess
the importance of sensitivity a nd
tact—was, paradoxically, lacking in those very
attributes. She admitted as much the next day
in a public apology. “Following my remarks to
the graduating class of Columbia University’s
Business School in New York City, I have come
to realize that my words and examples about
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David Fuller [July 2008,
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