high esteem. I certainly call for a world where
learning trumps sports. I live for the day girls
desire scholars not athletes, and there is a
melee at the science fair.
All learning relates to creativity, which is
on the decline according to some researchers.
The decline of creativity may directly influence the economic decline of this country.
What should we expect from a society that is
obsessed with American Idol and tweeting
Thanks for placing the article in The
Costco Connection. It was thought-provoking.
lion American adults (osteoarthritis) and 1. 5
million American adults (rheumatoid arthritis).
When we run a story on juvenile arthritis
(which we believe is an excellent subject to
cover), we can focus the entire article on it.—Ed.
In response to the May Debate,
“Should juries for high-profile
criminal trials be anonymous?”
Debate goes on
On solid ground
Our Costco Connection was received the
day after I purchased my first organic ground
beef [“A higher ground,” May 2012]. I knew
I needed to make the change for the health
of my family, and, of course, I trust Costco
completely with my purchases. Your article
confirmed my decision and gave me all the
background information that I needed.
Thank you for all your hard work toward
YES. It is my civil duty to serve; I don’t have a
choice. But I am responsible for keeping my
family and friends safe. Jurors are not allowed
to talk about cases outside the jury room, so
why should anybody on the outside be able to
know their identities?
In the bag
I enjoyed Rosalind Gray’s article on the
Dyson vacuum cleaner, but she made a mistake in calling it the “world’s first bagless
vacuum cleaner.” While in college, in the late
1940s, I tried my hand at door-to-door selling
of the Rexair vacuum cleaner, which was
also bagless. The Rexair passed the dirty air
through a container of water. These two
machines [Dyson, Rexair] and the central vac
have the additional, unmentioned advantage
of not pumping dust back into the room.
Mt. Vernon, Washington
NO. You have the right to a jury of your peers.
A jury of your peers cannot be anonymous.
Education in a vacuum
James Dyson [“Sir Ingenious,” May 2012]
calls for “a society where science, technology
and engineering are held in high esteem and
where children are encouraged to study these
subjects at school and beyond” in a white
paper written for the British government. I
call for a world where all learning is held in
Kids get arthritis, too
I was disappointed by one article titled
“Understanding Arthritis” [May 2012].
Nowhere in the article did it mention that
children also get arthritis. Nearly 300,000
children in the U.S. suffer from this debilitating disease, and one of the biggest hurdles
families have is lack of awareness. Please tell
the whole story next time.
Please remain seated
I’d like to express my disagreement with
one tip provided in David Horowitz’s May
2012 column, “Avoiding Excess Fees While
Flying.” In the section, “Selecting your seat,”
he states that if there is a fee associated with
selecting seats at the time of online purchase,
“it could be more cost-effective to just wait
until check-in.” In an ideal world, this would
be fine advice, but with airlines routinely
overbooking their flights, waiting until arriving at the airport could result in being
“bumped.” While getting to the airport early
could help prevent this on nonstop trips, if
you need to change planes to get to your final
destination, you might be one of the last people checking in. This happened to us.
San Diego, California
A long list of ailments fall under the arthritis
heading; because we have only so much room,
we chose to go with the two most widely experienced by arthritis sufferers, in this case, 23 mil-
from the Internet
In the article “Lyme disease: No walk in
the woods” [May 2012] I only see a recommendation for DEET. While DEET is somewhat effective if applied to the skin, it may
also be a little dangerous. For years the best
recommendation for preventing getting ticks
on you is to treat those recommended long
clothes with Permethrin products which are
much more toxic to ticks than DEET.
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“Great article, in the Costco magazine, about keeping kids reading
during the summer.”
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featured in the Costco magazine! Happy to see the sport going mainstream.”
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