In response to the May
Debate, “Should in-flight cellphone calls be permitted?”
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NO. I feel like my safety, along with the safety
of the other passengers, may be compromised.
North Miami, Florida
YES. The safety argument is ridiculous.
Airline attendants object because they fear it
may create more work. The airlines will
object if they cannot find a way to monetize
it. Meanwhile, customers expect to be able to
communicate, as they do now with every
other mode of transportation. It is the FAA’s
[Federal Aviation Administration] responsibility to serve the interest of the customers.
NO. Can you imagine sitting next to some
jerk on a phone for four hours? I would be
tempted to kill them.
I was deeply touched by the article
“Bauman stronger” [cover story, May 2014].
There was much I learned from just reading
this article and it reminded me that at least
there are good people out there in this country.
Jeff Bauman is inspiring. But sometimes
sweet people can say foolish things. “Some
kids” did not set off a bomb. They were terrorists who hated America and what it stands
for. If you can’t call evil what it is, there will be
a repeat in the future of what happened at the
Boston Marathon in 2013.
Thanks to Will Fifield for his article in
the May 2014 Connection. I appreciate him
baring his own soul in describing his friend-
ship with Jeff Bauman. I believe that I speak
for the thousands upon thousand of readers
who have been touched by Jeff’s book: We
are in awe of Jeff’s strength of body and char-
acter. I myself keep Stronger on the end table
next to where I sit each evening. In a way, I
hope it motivates me to be stronger in the
face of life’s challenges.
Baby needs at Costco
My daughter just announced that we will
be grandparents, so I was very excited to read
the article about Costco’s baby products
[“Bringing up baby,” Buy Smart, May 2014].
Until now I have not had the need to even
walk down that aisle in the store!
Hamburg, New Jersey
I’m a San Antonio transplant living in
Salem, Oregon, since 2006. What a pleasant
surprise to find the BBQ brisket sandwich on
the menu [“Beefing up on barbecue,” May
2014]. Great sandwich! Closest I’ve found to
real Texas barbecue, but, of course, that’s
what it is. I often stop in and get them to go
even when not shopping. They are that good.
So glad to see [the article] about the $4.99
brisket with slaw sandwich. I love it and it is a
meal in itself. The meat is lean and seasoned
wonderfully; the slaw is perfect. I am a
Southern lady who loves chopped/grated
slaw, not minced or ground up. No question it
is a great price for so much sandwich.
Travel for health
What a surprisingly pleasant article by
Eva Shaw on travel [“Fountain of youth? It’s
travel,” May 2014]. I second her opinions on
the restorative value of travel. When I return
from a trip I am ready to redecorate my office,
look at life differently and am infused with
Just one note of caution on the sidebar
about packing food [“Snacking on the go”]. If
you are heading out to an international destination, be aware that many are very “fussy”
about what you can get off the airplane with.
Some countries are especially particular (e.g.,
New Zealand). Africa is pretty lenient. Hawaii
is one of the toughest of the destinations to
enter with any fruits or vegetables.
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