10 The Costco Connection SEPTEMBER 2017
DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the August debate, “Are shorter
school days a good idea?”
NO I think that days should be longer to allow
for longer breaks like recess and lunch. Classes
such as music, art and gym could be longer also.
[Kids’] brains need that to recharge.
—Amy Johnson Klein, from
YES Shorter school days and a longer school year.
—Becky Phillips, from
Regarding “Head of the class,” August ;;;;:
Gas, Kansas, ;;;;. My ;rst- and second-grade
teacher, Viola Holten, could not walk due to the
e;ects of polio, and she spent most of the day
in a wheelchair. Nevertheless, every morning,
when she led her class in the Pledge of
Allegiance, she would struggle to her feet, lock
the shiny metal braces on her legs that were
hinged at the knee, face the ;ag with one hand
over her heart and recite the pledge. All the
while, she would keep her balance, albeit shaking, and remain upright by holding onto a chair.
This scene was repeated every morning, and
it made a profound and long-lasting impression
on me that has remained a vivid memory all
these years, including four in the U.S. Air Force.
Every time I hear our song and see our ;ag waving in the sky, I think of Miss Holten. She knew
what an incredible nation she was saluting, having lived through the Depression and World War
II, and she passed that gratitude on to her class
—John L. Dalrymple, Westlake Village, California
We loved the article on innovative uses for
general o;ce supplies [“The secret life of o;ce
products,” July ;;;;]. One of our favorite o;ce
gadgets is the versatile binder clip. We throw
several in our luggage when traveling. They are
great for pinning the bedroom curtains shut to
keep out that little stream of light in the morn-
ings and for clipping snack bags shut. At home, I
use them in quilting to keep the binding
attached while I hand-sew it on.
—John and Diana Ramsey, Prescott, Arizona
Clothing at Costco and on Costco.com
I just received my August Connection today
and [enjoyed] the fall clothing preview [“Fall
fashion”]. I was lucky in going to my closest
[Costco warehouse] today and ;nding the women’s travel pants. I love them!
—Sandy Marshall, North Fort Myers, Florida
We’ll always have Paris (at Costco)
My Dutch-American wife and I lived in the
Netherlands for over ;; years, during which
time our youngest daughter attended university
in Paris. We had many delightful visits to Paris
and France. So it is with some experience that I
can tell you that when I eat a Costco baguette, I
close my eyes and feel that I am back in Paris.
They are as close to a Parisian baguette as I have
ever tasted. We send all our friends to Costco for
their baguettes. Well done, Costco!
—Lance Horn, Largo, Florida
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