Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Costco

Nov.
15th

COSTCO: Advocate for consumers?

I got a good chuckle out of Robert Mak’s K5 News Up Front interview with the Costco CEO. The Costco CEO stated, “it wasn’t for profit” but that Costco was an “advocate for consumers.” Is he trying to make us believe that Costco spent $22 million to “advocate for consumers” just so consumers can buy more liquor? Once again, the 99 percent was duped by corporate greed. How sad.

Nov.
4th

I-1183: A winner for the consumer

Initiative 1183 has become a contest of misinformation. The initiative has desirable objectives:

• Ending the state’s monopoly over the sale of liquor and providing a private sector market-driven approach.

• Reducing the state-imposed minimal price increase of 40 to 50 percent to a minimum private sector increase of 27 percent.

• Providing state and local governments with increased revenues that they can use for priority purposes.

The initiative sets 10,000 square feet as the minimum for liquor-selling private sector stores and allows the state Liquor Control Board to provide licenses to smaller stores where the board determines there is

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Privatization = piratization

Anyone who thinks corporate interests aren’t about money and not making something cheaper for the consumer doesn’t get it.

Costco looks like another example of piratization by spending $22 million on this election. Consumers will pay these costs and more in lost jobs.

Of higher concern is accessibility, theft by minors and adult ease of getting more liquor when they shouldn’t. That ease – causing one life being lost or one person maimed – is why I’m voting no on Initiative 1183.

More than 50 years ago when I was a minor, I got hard liquor any time I wanted

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Oct.
31st

VOTES: Drop the rhetoric over Costco buying election

All this rubbish about the buying of elections that seems to swirl around some initiatives relies on one bad assumption: that the electorate can be “bought.” That we lack the integrity to resist. Besides, nobody has offered me a dime.

While this assumption decries huge donations to initiative campaign war chests, it ignores the fact that those same interests fund every elected officials campaign (except maybe Jesse Ventura’s), and stalk the halls of governing bodies everywhere. So let’s not get into a twist over the liquor initiative that is nothing more than business as usual.

Let’s just stop this votes-for-purchase

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: The Costco way to democracy

With so much conflicting information about the I-1183 liquor initiative, I thought it might help voters understand what’s really at stake by providing a math story problem:

Hoping to bring an end to booze tyranny, Costco contributes $22.7 million to promote I-1183. (By comparison, the second-highest corporate contributor to the campaign is Safeway, which chips in a paltry $50,000.) Not only is Costco almost single-handedly fighting this battle in the name of alcohol democracy, the company’s net income in the fourth quarter this year was only $478 million, an increase of less than11 percent, thus necessitating that Costco increase membership

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Oct.
28th

I-1183: Costco is not the problem

The “No on Initiative 1183″ campaign is vilifying Costco as the evil corporation that just wants to increase profits and is buying the Washington initiative process.

Is Costco really the problem?

For the record, the only association I personally have with Costco is that I am a member. But I hope I-1183 passes by a large margin and that because of it Costco increases its profits a thousand fold.

I hope Costco makes so much money that they are able to open even more, bigger and better stores, and provide even more products at a better value. And, as result,

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Oct.
28th

COSTCO: Maybe we should occupy Costco

Costco doesn’t get it. After spending $22 million to buy a liquor initiative in the state of Washington, it raises the membership fee by $5 per year to get the money back. Shouldn’t this more properly be charged to shareholders rather than members?

This is the kind of corporate action that is the target of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Maybe we should occupy Costco.

Oct.
28th

COSTCO: Politics or practical

Costco is accused of trying to buy democracy. Costco is a business. The purpose of a business is to make money. Costco makes money by selling things to me for less, saving me money and making my life a little easier.

When has the government done that for me lately?

Don’t confuse the issues. Costco clearly knows what it’s business is. Does the government?