In response to the July Debate,
“Does a country’s economic prosperity lead to happiness?”
Debate goes on
YES. You ... need the economic prosperity for
the happiness level to elevate, but equality in
prosperity among citizens is what really
makes for a happy country as a whole.
NO. A good government can make citizens
happier by funding education and health
benefits and promoting compassion. A just
government can and should spread unearned
wealth from lucky billionaires to less-lucky
Manhattan, New York
Food truck fanatic
I am a food truck fanatic, so I was ecstatic
to see your cover [“Forks in the road,” July
2012]. I live to eat and nothing makes me
happier then supporting local entrepreneurs.
It is such a great way to give local chefs a way
to share their culinary chops and give the
public another way to experience food. Some
of our local food truckers come together at
our Thursday night farmers markets, lining
an entire street worth of amazing treats. You
can’t beat good-quality, authentic, cost-effec-
tive food. Costco must be a one-stop shop for
these culinary powerhouses.
Easing the mobile cuisine scene
As Costco members and food truck
owners, my husband and I greatly appreciated your cover article [“Meals on Wheels,”
July 2012]. The usually open-minded city of
Bozeman, Montana, is trying to strictly regulate the mobile cuisine scene. The article was
inspiring and straightforward. Hopefully
Bozeman’s city commissioners have a subscription to The Costco Connection and will
see that food trucks are helping cities adjust
to the abysmal economy by creating more,
different and better opportunities to draw
patrons to downtown and other areas.
Christa and Jay Blaske
Thank you for the great article on pertussis awareness [July 2012].
It is recommended that anyone coming
in contact with the new bundle of joy (
parents, grandparents, child care providers)
speak with their health provider about getting the booster for pertussis (Tdap). Infants
do not have protection from pertussis until
they receive the pertussis vaccine at two
months of age. Adults can protect the infant
by receiving this vaccine.
Bob Harper’s tattoos
I believe articles about health should
have spokespersons representing the best
possible image. Mr. [Bob] Harper [“The
skinny rules,” June 2012] seems like a very
sincere and dedicated individual. However,
his tattoos represent significant health risks.
Being a healthier you is more than nutrition.
Self-scarring behaviors are unhealthy.
Perhaps he might do a follow-up piece on
the risks of tattoos and how to mitigate the
Richard Skip Gordon
Brush away the pounds
Bob Harper has plenty of great ideas to
help people get in shape. Most directly involve
exercise or food. Here’s another “skinny rule,”
which comes from another direction: Brush
and floss right after meals. Putting in that
effort and having a clean mouth may help
motivate a person not to snack.
We want to hear
FROM KETTLE CORN to quilts and funky
jewelry to unique pieces of art, the last
few years have seen an increased inter-
est in hand-crafted items. Are you a
Costco member who spends your sum-
mers or weekends at local markets or
holiday bazaars? Maybe you’ve turned
to Etsy or local shops for selling your
wares. If so, we want to hear from you.
Please tell us about your business—or
hobby—in an email with “Crafty mem-
bers” in the subject line and send it to
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