takes a lot of compassion, and that compassion showed in his article.
Fort Myers, Florida
As a master gardener and former nursery
owner in California, I loved your article
[“Costco bulbs are bloomin’ beautiful,” Buying
Smart, February]. I’ve bought and recommended Costco bulbs for years. Since we
moved to Idaho five years ago I’ve bought
probably over 1,000 tulips alone. My yard
now has more than 5,000 tulips and 5,000 of
the other bulbs in various locations. We get
tulip blooms from late winter, usually March,
all the way through the end of May. The show
is a car stopper.
Debate goes on
In response to the February Debate,
“Is civility dead?”
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YES. Cellphones, computers, Facebook,
iPhones and instant messages have given people a “shield of anonymity” behind which
they feel they can do or say anything they
want. I have seen children become much
more out of control with each passing
year and more stress put on the schools
because the parents won’t take responsibility
for their children.
when Consumer Reports gave it their highest
rating.) It is healthy, full of fiber and has a
superior taste and flavor to any cereal we have
ever had. I introduced it to my daughter, and
it also became her family’s favorite cereal. But
when I tried to find it recently, it was gone,
and I was told it is a seasonal item.
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
NO. We are all in such a hurry, and for many
multitasking seems to be the only answer. I
think often this can be interpreted as rudeness wherein it is actually hurriedness.
In the February 2010 issue of The Costco
Connection you published the 2009 Costco
International Photo Contest winners. The
International Grand Prize winner was of a
chimpanzee in a Mexican zoo [“Monkey busi-ness”]. I suggest the Costco winner, Rubin
Zacarias Francisco Ramón, donate his winnings to the zoo to improve the life of this very
sad animal. I am sure the photo was chosen for
its ability to produce emotion from those who
see it. I found it heartbreaking, and perhaps
something can be done to ease its suffering.
Borrego Springs, California
Kristen Hayes, Costco Corporate Foods
buyer, responds: When we launched the Kirkland Signature Spiced Pecan cereal it was intended to be an item that would rotate in and
out of the warehouses. We committed to a certain quantity; ingredients and packaging were
purchased in accordance with those commitments. We were halfway through our rotation
Odds and ends
Sol Price tribute
I have been a loyal customer of Costco for
years. Costco is a responsible employer that
thinks enough of its employees to pay a living
wage and benefits.
When I read the article “From the CEO’s
Desk” [February], it gave me a whole new
respect for your CEO. I can tell Mr. Sinegal is
a man with a heart. To pay respect to Sol Price
the way he did in this article was very heartwarming. He did not forget where he got his
training and paid homage to his mentor. That
You’ve changed ...
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Finally! Someone puts in writing what
[we’ve] been saying for years [“Up close and
personal,” January]. A properly educated, credentialed personal trainer (CPT) can help a
client reach his or her health and fitness goals
in a safe and sustainable manner. Unfortunately,
with no state licensing requirements, no uniform oversight and too many lackluster “
certifying” programs, there is an overabundance of
misinformed individuals passing themselves
off as CPTs, putting the public at risk.
Look into the education your CPT has.
Not all education programs are built alike.
SETS (School of Exercise, Training and
Science) in Phoenix offers hands-on training,
allowing the future CPT to have a lab experience under the watchful eye of a credentialed
instructor, and utilizes Strength Training
Anatomy (from Costco) as part of the core
curriculum. Some programs only provide a
study guide, a DVD and a sample test.
I recently started eating your wonderful
Kirkland Signature™ Spiced Pecan cereal, and
it became our favorite. (I first discovered it
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