Debate goes on
In response to the November Debate, “Should we have a Consumer
Financial Protection Agency?”
NO. Mr. Rheingold makes the case in his opening paragraph, “If only the regulators who are
supposed to be protecting consumers had
actually done their jobs.” In corporate America
if you have someone unable to perform their
job you replace them with more capable
employees. In the political arena aparently you
create an additional governmental agency to
watch over the existing ineffective agency.
Sounds like a failed plan to me.
Donald H Teichner
North Hollywood, California
YES. The balance of power in the relationship between the consumer and institution
favors the institution, just as the odds in Las
Vegas favor the house. They design the products, write the fine print and lobby Congress
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Costco not the place for politics
With the Al Gore article, Costco has
inserted itself in the middle of a political
Remember, when Costco inserts
itself in a political controversy, Costco
alienates about half of its customers.
Please keep shopping at Costco an apolitical experience.
Long Beach, California
I have been a member of Costco for
about 10 years and have enjoyed reading
The Connection each month.
Please do away with your own political agendas and stick to noncontroversial topics.
Editor’s comments off the mark
Personally, I think you have every right
to print the story. However, in doing so I
believe that you undermine the credibility of
your publication and Costco, and this was
exacerbated by the ill-chosen words of editor David Fuller. Fuller appears to point to a
paid advertisement by Glenn Beck for his
book as a good example of a balanced
agenda, as if that somehow equates a paid ad
to a cover photo and a three-page spread by
Gore. Unable to let it rest, he takes a not-so-veiled jab at Beck by touting what he believes
are the superior credentials of Gore.
I appreciate the points you were trying
to make in “From the Editor’s Desk,” but I
didn’t see the balance.
How is it comparable that Mr. Beck
paid for advertising to sell his book, but you
invited Mr. Gore to be on your front cover
for free? Will Rush Limbaugh or Dick
Cheney be given an equal chance to write a
cover story for The Costco Connection?
Frankly, I don’t know why you’d let
your magazine be so political as to put
either Gore or Cheney on the cover. Doesn’t
seem smart to me. Why even go there?
Whatever advertisements people pay for is
an entirely different matter. Mr. Gore and
Mr. Beck are free to sell their books and
place ads to do so.
Book ads I could care less about.
Helping politicians to promote their causes
seems like something Costco should avoid.
State Representative Matt Wingard
It is revealing that editor David Fuller
deemed it necessary to run advance inter-
IN OUR NOVEMBER ISSUE we ran
an article written for The Connection
by Al Gore.
The piece was intended to promote the
sale of his new book Our Choice: A Plan
to Solve the Climate Crisis. We received
an unprecedented number of e-mails,
phone calls and letters expressing concern
that Costco was taking a political stand on
the topic of global warming and climate
change. We were not. The company and
the magazine both avoid taking partisan
political stands. In this case, we underesti-
Al Gore in
ference for the Al Gore nonsense published in
November’s Costco Connection. Gore’s message has already been proven wrong by reputable scientists so many times that we have to
wonder why publications keep giving him
space. The rights of free press and free speech
do include the right to be wrong and/or foolish but, still, why keep repeating what is known
to be false?
Mr. Fuller further shows his lack of understanding of reality when he mentions the
Nobel Peace Prize and being vice president to
Clinton as being positives for Gore vis-à-vis
Glenn Beck. These are both badges of shame,
rather than honor.
San Diego, California
What climate change?
Mr. Gore has been thundering pseudo science, half truths, full-on lies and garbage science supported by secret and distorted data
for several years now. His opinions are blatant
political blather, serving only to emphasize
how big government can help if only it could
take over more of our lives.
His feature-length movie of lies about the
environment has been found to be full of partial fabrications and outright lies by an
I could cite about a hundred different
sources who all claim that Gore is off base and
his data is faulty as well as too closely held to
be publicly analyzed, if not outright distorted
for political purposes. In my opinion his purpose is to promote junk science into a political
movement admired by people too lazy to do
their own thinking and nothing more.
I note your comment that you strive for
balance in your articles. Thus I suggest you