opt out of Social Security?”
Debate goes on
In response to the February
Debate, “Should you be able to
YES. I am 23 years old and feel as though I am
giving money away when I contribute to
Social Security because it sounds like it will be
all depleted by the time I retire. It’s my hard-earned money; I shouldn’t be forced to just
give it away.
NO. The snake-oil salesmen are poised to
come out from under rocks to feast on a vulnerable segment of Americans who can be
tempted to rely on themselves and the private
sector. This is the same private sector that
gave us hustlers who created the derivative
bundles of unregulated securities. If it ain’t
broke, don’t fix it, but a little periodic maintenance, lubrication and fine-tuning is required.
YES. Each person can then have control of
[his or her] own funds for the future.
HURRICANES, FLOODS, tornadoes, wildfires—2011 had more than its share of
natural disasters. How do you prepare for
natural disasters? If you or your family’s
life was touched by disaster, what worked
and what didn’t? We’d especially like to
hear your success stories for a future
Connection article. Please send an email
with a summary of your personal story
and “Disaster” in the subject line to
NO. If we are not required to put some
money away, many will end up with no
income and will have to be supported by taxpayers anyway.
Parking at Downtown Disney
In “Spend less money, have more fun”
[February 2012], you told readers “If visiting
the Disney theme parks, park at Downtown
Disney. It’s free. Then you can take compli-
mentary transportation buses throughout the
resort to get to your desired park(s).”
Disney discontinued direct bus transpor-
tation from Downtown Disney to the parks
[for visitors] for just this reason.
You are correct. Downtown Disney transportation now only takes hotel guests to the theme
parks. Disney’s resort hotels offer guests the option of complimentary buses, monorails and
boat launches that connect virtually all areas
of the resort.—Ed.
A good StartUp to the New Year
Thanks for including tips for the new
year from Rich Sloan of StartUpNation.com
[Fresh Views, January 2012]. My sleepwear
company, haralee.com, won the StartUpNation 2009 contest for Boomers Back in
Business. Rich is very helpful for start-up companies, and the StartUpNation website is very
informative. I was truly delighted to see one
of my favorite business advisers in one of my
The article about Jim Sinegal and Costco’s
marketing and leadership was so enlightening. I had no idea that Costco was birthed
from Fed-Mart. I have such nostalgia and (I
know this sounds crazy) comforting feelings
when I think of Fed-Mart. I grew up in El
Paso, where I remember shopping at Fed-Mart weekly with my mother. That was
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where I learned the value of a dollar and the
importance of comparison shopping. I have
often wondered what happened to Fed-Mart,
and your article answered that question.
The management values that proved so
successful have continued to work for
Costco. No wonder I like Costco so much!
Thanks for your years of leadership, Jim, and
I hope that the next leader has those “fair
deal” qualities instilled in him also.
Glenn Heights, Texas
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