Debate goes on
In response to the April
Debate, “Is honesty always
the best policy?”
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NO. I believe in being honest, but not at the
cost of hampering a person’s self-esteem. An
unkind comment is better left unsaid.
Gig Harbor, Washington
YES. Sometimes honesty hurts, but it’s the
best way to live.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
NO. I am a caregiver for a 93-year-old friend
with dementia. I am not totally honest with
her, from time to time, because to be honest
would bring up problems that are best not
Kirkland Signature Gasoline
Thanks for the great article on Costco’s
Kirkland Signature™ Gasoline [“Making the
grade,” April 2014]. I love [that Costco’s gasoline has] five times more detergents than the
EPA standards. The EPA required minimum
is virtually worthless. The intake valve pictures tell the story.
Add to that the fact that Costco’s fuel
costs less plus our [TrueEarnings® Card from
Costco and American Express] 3 percent
rebate gives Costco members the best product
at the lowest price point anywhere.
I was extremely impressed by your
characterization of the Spanish cuisine and
excited that Costco will soon open in my
hometown of Sevilla [“Savoring Spain,” April
2014]. As a Spaniard living in the United
States, I frequently get interesting reactions
from people when I tell them I don’t enjoy
spicy foods, and that in Spain a tortilla is not
made of flour or corn. Your article represents
a very accurate and eloquent way of describ-
ing not only the Spanish cuisine, but Spain’s
way of life and culture through its rich variety
of food choices.
A more modest proposal
While “over-the-top” marriage proposals
can be exciting and memorable [“A unique
proposal,” April 2014], they are not without
risk. Simply search for “marriage proposal
fail” in your favorite video search engine and
you will find thousands of these public proposals going horribly wrong, usually humiliating the no-longer bride-to-be. Guys: Before
embarking on such an outlandish stunt, make
sure your partner is ready to say “yes” and
doesn’t object to having a private moment
turned into a public spectacle.
Lost in translation
I understand you were translating “Good
(health) on your travels” as “Bon (santé) voy-
age” [April 2014], but the problem is that
“santé” is a feminine word requiring the femi-
nine version of “bon”—i.e., “bonne.” So gram-
matically, “bon santé” is incorrect. You could
have printed “Bon voyage et bonne santé.”
I realize I am being picky. Otherwise, I
enjoy the magazine every time I get it. It is
excellent and provides your readers with a lot
of useful information.
The Connection connects
I work at a busy physician’s office.
I love my Connection magazine because it
has so many interesting stories and good, general information. I hate to just throw it away
when I am done, so I take it to work and put
it in the waiting room.
I have to laugh to myself, because by the
end of the day, it is the first magazine that gets
“borrowed.” Hopefully the new owner passes
it along too!
According to surveys, The Connection has a
“pass along” factor of 2. 5, meaning every issue is
shared an average of 2. 5 times. With a monthly
circulation of 8. 6 million, that means more than
20 million people are reading The Connection
Safari so good
My wife and I just returned from an
amazing African safari we booked through
Costco Travel. While planning our trip I saw
an [article] in The Connection offering safari
packages [“Into Africa,” August 2013], and
decided to call. Not only did they provide
a great itinerary, they saved us a substantial
amount over what we were being quoted
The accommodations, the food and,
most important, the people were outstanding. Before this I never thought about Costco
for my travel plans. I will now, and I highly
recommend other members do so as well.
San Pedro, California
• Our story on travel health tips, “Bon
voyage,” referred to Dukoral, a vaccine
that protects against traveler’s diarrhea.
While that vaccine is available in Canada,
it is not in the U.S.
• Dr. Michael Mersol-Barg’s name was
incorrectly given on page 87 in our story
on Intuit Payroll Services.