YES. I did this with a fruitcake, left a note in
the tin, and it came back five years later to
NO. I think the writers are missing the point.
The real issue is whether the gift is about the
giver or about the recipient. When I give a gift,
it’s the recipient’s property. I don’t expect the
recipient to treasure the gift for the rest of his
or her life. If I gave a gift that isn’t as meaningful to the recipient as it is to me, it’s my problem, not the recipient’s problem.
You are still trying to retain ownership if
you feel the recipient has some obligation to
you regarding how he or she uses your gift.
I opened up The Costco Connection with
great interest in the cover story [“From farm
to table: Taking steps for safer food,” January
2014]. I read the comments from the USDA
and Costco’s own Craig Wilson. Please allow
me to point out one factor that was not discussed, the importance of a good integrated
pest-management (IPM) system in the food-chain workplace.
I have worked in the commercial pest-management industry for over 20 years and
have seen the havoc caused by insect and
animal pests that can infiltrate everything in
the farm-to-table chain. Having knowledgeable pest-management protection that
understands the important role in protecting
the food chain from disease-spreading pests
is an integral key to maintaining food safety
for every company in the food-supply chain.
Costco Vice President Craig Wilson, who over-
sees Costco’s food-safety and quality-assurance
Glen is absolutely correct: An integrated pest-
management system is a very important compo-
nent of any sanitation and food-safety program.
Here at Costco we have a unique system
where we have two third-party service providers
that continually inspect and service our Costco
warehouses and processing plants. Our providers supply a real-time service report that includes
the conditions found in a building and what actions were taken to correct a potential issue. Our
service providers are also on call 24 hours a day,
We also provide daily inspections by our
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2014].” Tweeted by Rebekah Salcedo @RebekahSalcedo
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employees in our facilities. We feel it’s very important to know the condition of each building
on an ongoing daily basis.
Micro loans have major impact
Dave Valle’s “micro-finance program that
gives small loans to the poorest of the poor” is
inspirational [“Providing hope,” December
2013]. His choice to make a difference in the
lives of others is wonderful. Micro-finance
has come into its own since 1986, when there
were a million borrowers worldwide. In 2011,
the numbers rose to 124 million families,
changing the lives of over half a billion people.
Schooled in ethics
I wanted to say that the article by Eric
Chester [“Building employees’ work ethic,”
Fresh Views, January 2014] spoke to me as a
teacher. The same ideas for interacting with
and encouraging employees, are totally
applicable to teachers and their relationships
I never thought of team building strategies and how they can apply to the classroom,
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