Debate goes on
In response to the January
Debate, “Should Internet
openness be ensured
YES. Who is to say what the priority is to an
Internet user? What I am looking for on the
Internet may be of high priority [to me] and
have little to no value to someone else.
Duncan, South Carolina
NO. Individual companies should not be
regulated as to how they stream the information on their own site.
Menlo Park, California
Recent Connection blogs and tweets
What Santa Ate Last Night: Peppermint Bark Chocolate Fudge Cookies [from Smart
Cooking The Costco Way, 2010] “These are AMAZING!!!! Your taste buds will click
heels in joy :) What a wonderful idea to use brownie mix—really cuts down on
time! We’ve all decided this is de;nitely going to be a family favorite we’re going
to make at Christmastime.” Posted at haystacksandchampagne.blogspot.com
“I’ve been reading a book called Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Heidi
Grant Halvorson, in preparation for a new business year. And interestingly, there is
a piece about her in the latest edition of [The] Costco Connection (yes, I do read that
magazine, lol!).”Posted at sf-living.blogspot.com
“I was sent a link to the January issue of [The] Costco Connection, which features
an interview with JD Roth and Todd Nelson, the brains behind The Biggest Loser.
This team has produced numerous reality TV shows and the overriding theme in
all their shows is transformation. Roth and Nelson share 6 lessons they’ve learned
from their work with contestants. It’s a good read. Posted at www.slim-people.com
“I look forward to my [monthly] Costco magazine, & this month has an inspiring
article about new beginnings, as in start-ups...” Tweeted by BakeBroilBrew
How to succeed, without selling
The “How to succeed” article (January
2011) is inspirational, but I about fell out of
my chair when I read the footnote at the end
indicating the book was not available at Costco [but to look for it at independent book-stores]. Thank you so much for allowing this
story to be told and for not forcing your writers to focus only on a book that appears in
I’ll be paying even more attention to your
publication from this point forward and no
doubt be telling the proverbial 10 people
about this. Congratulations on your integrity,
wisdom, courage and/or very clever marketing! Whatever it is, please keep it up.
Keep an eye on thryoid problems
As a physician I was glad to see your article highlighting Thyroid Awareness Month
(Health Calendar, January 2011). However, as
an eye doctor I was surpised that eye problems
were not mentioned in your list of thyroid-related problems near the end of the article.
Thyroid eye disease can include eyelid retraction, exophthalmos (when the eyes bulge
forward), double vision and, in rare cases, even
loss of vision. When it is associated with hyperthyroidism it is sometimes referred to as
Anyone with a thyroid condition (either
hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) should
therefore make sure that they see an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive medical
Intuit savings are app-ropriate
I just read the January Connection magazine (“Intuit launches new payroll app”) and
was surprised at the cost of Intuit Online Payroll Services [through Costco]. I am already an
Intuit customer with two different companies
that I own. This past year we have been looking
at cutting every expense or lowering our budget on all items, one being our payroll services.
With one phone call I was able to save six
bucks a month per company for an annual savings of $144 total on a product that I already
use. I tell you this only because I am still in awe
over the savings that Costco gives our companies every year. Thank you, Costco!
Port Orchard, Washington
Our philosophy here at Costco is that the
stronger our Business Members’ companies
are—including the operators of independent
bookstores—the stronger Costco will be. Whether
you call that integrity or clever marketing is up
Michael Rizen, M.D.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
I had just returned from the ER, having
fallen down in my own kitchen twice within
an hour. My husband brought the mail in and
The Connection opened to page 55 (“No slip-ups,” January 2011). Great article. I hope everyone over 60 reads it. I am enrolling in a tai
chi class and seeing my doctor about my
meds. Thank heavens nothing was broken ...
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