Debate goes on
In response to the December
Debate, “Should you stay home
for the holidays?”
NO. I like to holoholo with my ohana. (
Translation: Go traveling with my family.) And see
as much of the world as possible.
YES. I don’t need the added stress of traveling
with kids during the holidays.
NO. Hard economic times force us to priori-tize our time and money, but holidays are
one of the most important times to express
the love we have for our family. An essential
element of this is to share our love by coming
YES. As Dorothy says, “There’s no place like
home!” Home is where my family traditions
started and we try to keep current ones alive
and make new ones.
In response to the November
Debate, “Should we have a
Consumer Financial Protection
NO. There is too much oversight by the
West Spalding, Massachusetts
YES. It will help stop deceptive practices.
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Odds and ends
I loved Jimmy Kimmel on the [December
2009] cover. He is hilarious! I love him because
he acts so normal for being a celebrity. He’s so
normal that he shops at Costco.
I was laughing throughout the article
because Jimmy thinks like my husband, Todd,
about Costco. Jimmy referred to his wife
encouraging him to buy her engagement ring
at Costco, because she knew he couldn’t resist.
It sounds just like Todd. All my gifts from
Todd are purchased at Costco. And I feel I can
shop guilt-free at Costco. Todd knows I’m not
overpaying for anything I buy—so if it’s from
Costco, it’s OK!
“Making memories” mistake
I enjoyed reading “Discover your roots”
(November 2009). I did, however, find an
error in one of the URLs in the section titled
“Start your search online” on page 35.
www.shipslist.com as a resource
where one can find the Ellis Island database
of U.S. immigrants. Unfortunately, that Web
site doesn’t contain that information. I believe
the Web site you intended to provide is www.
theshipslist.com (note the word “the” at the
beginning of the URL). That Web site seems
to contain the information you mentioned.
Hani Abu Ghazaleh
Memories made real
Your article about family video biogra-phies (“The magic’s in the telling,” November
2009) certainly hit home with me.
My mom was diagnosed with cancer
about four years ago, and a friend (who is a
longtime TV journalist and videographer)
suggested we capture her stories and wisdom
on video for my young children to have when
they got older. It was a fantastic idea, but with
all of the other duties and pressures of life, we
simply didn’t get it done. My mom passed
away and we missed our chance.
Not long after that, my friend and I
formed our company, The Legacy, to produce high-quality PBS-style family documen-taries on DVD and make it easy for other
families to capture what my own family lost.
It has been a tremendously rewarding experience (not to mention a whole lot of fun) to
help people make these entertaining and
valuable celebrations of life.
I should add that Costco’s video-to-digi-tal transfer service is a valuable asset to us and
the families we serve, as we include family
photos and footage in the finished product.
Studio City, California
Another anxiety reducer
In addition to Arnold Sanow’s excellent
“ 6 ways to eliminate speaker’s anxiety” (Fresh
Views, November 2009), I suggest a seventh.
Keep in mind that no one else in the room has
a copy of your speech. If you inadvertently mis-
state or forget to mention a point, don’t let it
frazzle you. Don’t stop the flow of your speech
by circling back and restating what you just
said. An audience appreciates the entirety of
your presentation and typically will not even
realize what you did not, or forgot to, say.
New York, New York
Ode to oatmeal
The ink was barely dry for the October
2009 issue, singing the praises of the private-label Kirkland Signature™ products (“It’s in the
label”), when a real winner disappeared from
your shelves—the Kirkland Signature Organic
Instant Oatmeal Variety Package. To those of
us who were very loyal to the superior quality,
outstanding variety and excellent value, it
affects us every day. The Quaker Oats aren’t
even in the same class!
However, I know it comes down to the
bottom line. Did it just not sell enough to keep
it profitable? Is there any chance you are just
changing vendors or reworking the product
and we can expect it back bigger and better?
Kristen Hayes, Costco corporate foods buyer,
responds: I’m so glad you enjoy our Kirkland
Signature Organic Instant Oatmeal. We are in
the process of making a few changes with this
item and hope to have it back on the shelves
in February or March. We are making slight
changes to the flavor mix, serving size and
number of packets. It will still be organic.
Fair Trade coffee
Costco deserves praise for its decision to
market Kirkland Signature–brand Fair Trade
Certified coffee (“It’s in the label,” October
2009). Fair Trade certification guarantees that
the family farmers who grow the coffee beans
receive a fair price and have direct access to
international markets, without going through
middlemen. Through Fair Trade, farmers are
earning a better income for their hard work,
allowing them to hold on to their land, educate their children, provide for their families
and reinvest in their farms.
Creve Coeur, Missouri
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