DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the March Debate, “Is it time to
tighten drone regulations?”
NO. They will revolutionize the industries of agriculture, photography, inspection, real estate, search
and rescue, delivery, emergency response, security
and much, much more. We need to have uniform
observance and enforcement of the regulations
already in place before we add new ones to supplement them. It would be a shame to put the cart
before the horse and smother an exciting new technology before we’ve realized its full potential in leisure and industry.
—Jim Spencer, from facebook.com/Costco
YES. We should absolutely tighten drone regulations. Hopefully, this will prevent an awful accident
on the land, in the air or over the ocean. Progress is
wonderful, but regulations would be the right way to
go to use drones carefully.
—Maxine August, from facebook.com/Costco
In response to the February Debate, “Should the
U.S. Postal Service be privatized?”
NO. Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service is a nonstarter,
because not only do very few Americans favor it, but
the role of the federal government in delivering the
mail is based in the Constitution. As for the Postal
Service’s “deep financial trouble,” postal finances are
in fact dramatically improving. The past two years
have each seen billion-dollar-plus operating profits,
in part because online shopping has sent package
deliveries skyrocketing. The Postal Service earns its
revenue; it doesn’t get a dime from taxpayers.
There is red ink, but it has nothing to do with the
mail. In 2006, Congress mandated that the Postal
Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits. No
other business or agency is required to do this for
even one year; the Postal Service has to fund these
benefits decades into the future. That $5.6 billion
annual charge constitutes 100 percent of the red ink
and, in fact, disguises the actual profits the Postal
Service is earning.
If lawmakers make some targeted, practical
reforms, including addressing the pre-funding fiasco,
the Postal Service, which among many other things is
the nation’s leading civilian employer of veterans, can
continue providing Americans and their businesses
with the world’s most affordable delivery network.
President, National Association of Letter Carriers
Hershey Company profile
I was surprised to see your article on Hershey
[February 2016]. I have been boycotting Hershey
since they opened a plant in Mexico, taking jobs
from the USA.
The Hershey story is heartwarming, but I wish
they would have kept the making of the product in
—Donna Barr, Roseville, California
Jeff Beckman, director of communications for The
Hershey Company, replies: The West Hershey plant,
which we nearly doubled in size with a major expansion in 2012, is now one of the largest and most technologically advanced chocolate plants in the world.
Hershey has a sizable U.S. manufacturing footprint with eight plants spread across the United
States—from the East Coast to the Midwest to
Ashland, Oregon, in the West. Almost 90 percent of
the products we sell in the United States are made
here in the U.S.
At the same time, we are expanding our business
globally and have established a global manufacturing
footprint that reflects the key markets where we
sell our products around the world. Canada is our No.
2 market in the world, and we own two manufacturing plants in Canada. Our Mexico and Brazil businesses have grown, and we also have plants in those
two key markets. Lastly, as our presence in Asia has
expanded in recent years, we’ve also built or acquired
plants in India, China and, most recently, Malaysia,
to ensure we are making fresh product as close to
market as possible.
We are proud of our U.S. manufacturing operations, especially our two plants here in our hometown
of Hershey, Pennsylvania. We’ve made chocolate here
in Hershey since 1905 and plan to continue for the
In the March 2016 article on mahi-mahi, the mango
sauce recipe listed incorrect ingredients. The correct
mango sauce recipe is:
• 2 mangos, diced
• ½ cup orange juice
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 garlic clove
• 1 small jalapeño
• 1 cup water
• Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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