Debate goes on
sion started, pause the computer, then replace
the therapist with Jack. Eureka!
Jack is now attending weekly therapy sessions, and not only can he receive the physical
benefits of being able to walk and jump “
independently,” I’m convinced that the messages
that this is sending to his brain are making a
big impression. Recently, he has taken to
holding onto the back of our sofa and taking
a few steps “all by self,” as he says, something
he didn’t attempt before these sessions.
Thank you, Costco, from the bottom of
my family’s heart.
Eastwood sighting I believe I was 15 at the time, so it must have been 1956, and my family lived at George Air
Force Base near Victorville,
California. I had been babysit-ting after school and hurried
home for dinner. I dashed in the
door of our quarters, and, suddenly, being hungry was the last
thing on my mind. There, standing in the living room, was a
stranger who was so handsome he
took my breath away.
door of our quarters, and, sud-
“Who are you?” I managed to ask.
“Hi, I’m Clint,” he answered.
Yep, Clint Eastwood was doing a
training film for the Air Force, had met one
of my family members and was a guest in
my home. As it turned out, not only was he
incredibly handsome, but he was really cool
… as we said in the olden days.
We never saw him again in person, but
my family watched his career skyrocket with
great pride, as though we had something to
do with his success.
Let me tell ya, he may be 80, but he still
takes my breath away!
Barter exchanges will act as third-party
record keepers, providing monthly statements
and reporting earnings to the IRS at the end of
the year. We encourage you to consult a CPA or
tax professional to determine the best way to
record and account for trade income in your
business. Additional information on barter can
be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov
[Search “barter exchange”].
Los Angeles, California
YES. People gain a better understanding and
appreciation of wildlife when they have a
chance to be around it. It helps to educate
people when they can see/feel/be with the ani-
mals sharing our planet.
In response to the June Debate,
“Should wild animals be used for
NO. The concept of zoos and circuses has
always been wrong, but even more now with
our increasing environmental problems. Zoos
and circuses diminish the actual importance
of animals, and the larger relationship of animals and people in the global ecosystem.
We appreciate you featuring an article on
celiac disease, gluten allergy and the issues
surrounding diagnosis and diet [“A pain in the
gut,” June 2010]. The information is very helpful to those who might be seeking diagnosis or
have family members who are and
are trying to figure out the difference between celiac disease and a
It would be a great service
to your Costco members if you
would refer your readers to
our organization for support
and information: Celiac
Disease Foundation; www.
(818) 990-2354. CDF is a
national nonprofit public
benefit corporation raising awareness since 1990
and providing services and support
through programs of awareness, education,
advocacy and research.
m e r and information: Celiac n e (818) 990-2354. CDF is a n l n b t t a p a u p r u pr r f s
Studio City, California
8 ;e Costco Connection JULY 2010
Odds and ends
A life-altering story
Your cover story on young entrepreneurs
[“Youth in action,” March 2010] has made a
profound difference in the life of my 6-year-
old son, Jack.
Born with orthopedic challenges, Jack
has been encouraged to have weekly treadmill
sessions to reach our goal of seeing him walk
The AlterG anti-gravity treadmill
[“Upward mobility,” www.alter-g.com] caught
my eye immediately. Since Jack was already
doing a therapy in which he was suspended
by bungee cords while on a treadmill, the
AlterG was the perfect “next step.”
I contacted a physical therapy outfit that
housed one of the AlterGs, and even though
no one had ever used the machine with some-
one Jack’s age, they were willing to give it a try.
The first session was a bust due to the machine
not being able to calibrate Jack’s size, but these
folks didn’t give up. They called the AlterG
headquarters and figured out a way to “trick”
the machine by having a therapist get the ses-
Shady Grove, Oregon
The good seed
Jacqueline M. Duda stated in the recent
issue of The Costco Connection that quinoa is
a 100 percent whole grain. I eat quinoa practically every morning, and it is a very healthy
food. But a grain it is not, although it can be
treated as such. Quinoa is a seed.
James Island, South Carolina
Bartering and taxes
Your story on bartering [“Barter 2.0,”
June 2010] and its popularity in this down
economy was very interesting; however, you
need to make your readers aware that even
though no cash is exchanging hands, a bartering transaction doesn’t escape the tax man.
Your article on yawning [“Open wide
and say ‘ah’, ” June 2010] failed to mention
that one should cover one’s mouth when getting all of that oxygen. What ever happened
to good manners?
Huntington Beach, California
Chris Haddawy, chief operating officer at
BizXchange, responds: There are no inherent
tax advantages or disadvantages for barter
transactions. The IRS views barter as taxable
income and requires barter transactions to be
reported on your tax return. With this in mind,
it is advisable to treat barter the same as cash
and use trade for tax-deductible expenses
whenever possible. You must track and report
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