Odds and ends
Breaking the glass ceiling
I read Anne Mulcahy’s interview [“No
carbon copy, Anne Mulcahy’s blueprint for
success at Xerox,” June 2009] and was so
encouraged and grateful that she spoke up
about the unlevel playing field that still
exists for women in “Corporate America”
today. Currently in my 33rd year of working
in engineering, I am one of just two women
in an engineering division of more than 50
CHRIS A. RUSNAK
Kudos to Ms. Mulcahy for remembering
what it was like for her to work her way up
to the top. Just taking the opportunity to
talk about it in The Costco Connection will
make so many inroads for the young women
entering the workforce today. Thank you!
Debate goes on
In response to the June Debate, “Do
time-saving devices really save time?”
inspiration to continue with my home-based
The five points that Rich Sloan gave in the
article [“Surviving the downturn,” Fresh
Views, May 2009] are giving me the determination to do more with the slowdown. Fine-tuning my advertising, updating my brochures,
restocking with the most popular items as
opposed to just ordering depleted stock, converting my final carry-away packaging to
“Green” to help the environment, etc., has
given me new life.
I cannot express just how much startup-
nation.com has helped me. I usually visit the
site four or five times a week to acquire information, read posts in the Community, and
check on what others are saying/doing.
Thanks to you for not being selfish and
sharing your knowledge of business with me.
NO. It takes more time to learn how they work
than just doing it the old ways.
YES. We work out of the house, and it really
helps keep me and my husband organized and
on track to get everything done. It makes us
NO. You do more things, so it takes more time!
YES. My day is very busy, and being able to
check my e-mail, send text and make calls
from one device saves me time.
Fighting ovarian cancer
I was very pleased to see an article about
the symptoms of ovarian cancer [“Ovarian
cancer, know the symptoms,” June 2009] as
information about this aggressive cancer is
not nearly as prevalent as information about
breast cancer. The article should have stressed
that women need to be very assertive with
their doctors if they feel there is a problem.
I am in a support group for ovarian cancer survivors and I have heard how often the
symptoms of bloating were misdiagnosed as
digestive problems. Ask for the blood test
CA125, which is a tumor marker for ovarian
cancer, although this is only 80 percent accurate. The best test that can determine if there
is an abnormality is a vaginal ultrasound, a
very easy and painless test. This test is not
I realize how fortunate I am to be a stage
one survivor currently in remission because
of the prompt diagnosis and treatment from
In response to the May Debate,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Should government regulate con-
sumer protection for air travel?”
NO. US government already provides more
than sufficient safety rules and regulatons.
Additional requirements will only serve to
raise the price of air travel and extend already
too-long delays at airports.
Lawrence Chaffin Jr.
Regarding social networking [“Getting
the buzz going,” June 2009]. We’ve found that
having a presence on Linkedin, Facebook
and even the Pickens Plan gets us out with
people we didn’t know and also helps us find
people we do know but don’t have any current contact with. A real gold mine when you
can work again with people who already
Cruise-ing to a new weight
Back in January you published an article
about Jorge Cruise [“The Belly Fat Cure,”
January 2009]. I had never heard of him but
was intrigued by much of the information in
At the time, my weight had spiked as a
result of the holidays and I was determined to
find a new lifestyle that would be easy to
maintain but would get my weight down and
my fitness level up.
After reading your article, I checked out
Jorge’s Web site and eventually purchased two
of his books, Eight Minutes in the Morning
and The 3-Hour Diet.
Four months later, I’ve lost 20 pounds. I
feel fantastic, I have more energy, I no longer
suffer from back pain, I sleep better and I’ve
dropped three pant sizes.
Best of all, it was easy to do—no denying
my favorite foods, no starvation, no long sessions at the gym (which I never had time for
Bottom line, thanks to The Costco
Connection and Jorge Cruise, I may be 54
years old, but I feel and look much younger!
West Richland, Washington
YES. Government would standardize passenger rights and limit the delays.
You have done it again! Another great
article in The Costco Connection giving me the
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