DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the August debate, “Should homework be eliminated in elementary school?”
NO [Homework] also teaches time management
and discipline habits.
—Gail Goodman, from Facebook.com/Costco
YES A;er 40 years in education as professor, reading specialist and classroom teacher, I can think of
no other practice that runs counterproductive to a
child’s success than homework. Instead of assigning
homework, teachers should encourage children to
develop their interest in books. Reading scores
would increase if children had available a wide variety of reading material on a wide range of reading
levels. Instead of teacher assignments, children
should select their own material and set their own
reading goals. I incorporated these practices in a
university summer reading program for children for
25 years and saw marked improvement in children’s
—Katherine Wiesendanger, Farmville, Virginia
Book selection skewed?
I was very disappointed when looking through
your book section in ;e Connection this August.
You had two political books advertised: Liars, by
Glenn Beck and Hillary’s America, by Dinesh
D’Souza, both right-wing-biased books. Where’s the
—Diane Fadgen, Buena Park, California
Book and magazine buyer Pennie Clark Ianiciello
responds: We want to assure you that the books Costco
puts on the floor in no way reflect the political beliefs of
either Costco’s management or buyers. I do believe the
book run looks a little unbalanced at this time, but
please remember that we are buying based on what is
currently being published.
Please note that with the upcoming election there
will be numerous new releases from conservative and
progressive authors, and you will continue to see many
of these offerings at Costco through the new year. With
a limited product count, we are not able to purchase all
published books and do not carry titles for as long as a
traditional book store.
We do not believe in censoring books, and we realize that not all products will appeal to everyone, so we
leave the choice to our customers to buy or not to buy.
We do appreciate hearing what our members have
to say. I hope that you have found other items to your
liking in our book department, as we try to cover a
variety of interests.
A critical element was missing from the article
[“College bound,” August 2016].
What does the future hold for those who graduate based on their degree?
;e department of labor has statistics on wages
for each career or job based in their ;eld of study
and degrees earned. ;ere was no mention of this
element in choosing a college and area of study.
Many degrees o;er little or no hope in repaying
loans placing a heavy burden on graduates and their
families. They need to understand that burden
before embarking on their studies and career path.
—John Maxwell, Warrenton, Virginia
I found the article “Outstanding oils” [August
2016] informative and accurate—a nice change
from the slapdash sensationalism that dominates so
much of the media about olive oil these days. Italy
has been singled out for criticism in the media—
unfairly since the problems are not unique to Italy—
and it’s good to read about some of the serious
anti-fraud measures being taken there. Kudos to
Costco for being a leader in implementing a strong
system to ensure extra-virgin olive oil authenticity
—Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne
Even though I didn’t order it, earlier this year
my new glasses had the blue light anti-re;ective ;l-ter coating on them [“Buyers’ picks,” August 2016].
;e Costco eye tech o;ered to replace the lenses for
free if I didn’t like the coating, so I gave it a try. I love
the coating! I work on a computer eight to nine
hours a day, plus time on my iPad and phone, and I
was experiencing dry eye, irritation, headaches and
strain. But now a;er six months with the coating I
have reduced all symptoms. Highly recommend it!
—Wendy Smith, North Augusta, South Carolina
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