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Carol M. says ...
Mr. Mackey: I don't know what your politics are, but I read your article re: healthcare and found it to be practical, solid advice. Many people have ideological stances about "health care," but don't know anything about the practical realities. I applaud you for having the courage (and yes, you need courage in the face of the leftists who want to silence any opposition and only believe in THEIR free speech rights)to write your article. I shop at Whole Foods infrequently (because I don't have one close by), but I will now make it a point to SHOP THERE MORE. I love the quality and selection of merchandise. Your fresh fish and cheese counters are fantastic. The store at Irvine, CA is the finest grocery store I have ever seen. Keep up the good work!
08/19/2009 12:05:00 PM CDT
Mary says ...
My friends and I lovingly refer to your store as "Whole Paycheck." I wouldn't worry about a boycott from those who disagree with your position on the health care debate. Most of them can't afford to shop at your store. I will probably shop there more frequently now myself!
08/19/2009 9:46:43 PM CDT
Maureen says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I applaud you!It's about time someone in your position speaks out!I completly agree with you! I have never shopped at your store, but now you have a new customer!
08/20/2009 12:54:14 AM CDT
Joe Collins says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I agree with you and am happy to hear from a CEO that has the courage to speak out about what goes on in the real world. Good Job. Joe C.
08/20/2009 10:02:50 PM CDT
Claire Sickler says ...
Thank you Mr. Mackey for speaking out. God Bless you & yours!!!!!! More needs to stand with you. How about putting a store closer to Prescott AZ??
08/21/2009 9:20:31 PM CDT
Pat Mullarkey says ...
So, how many of these back-slapping postings are people you employ? You've shown you can't be trusted. The worst part of this is that you have learned nothing. You are still rationalizing about unethical behavior and conflict of interest. If I remember rightly, you wrote what a great CEO you were under the assumed name. I have stopped shopping at Whole Foods because of your duplicity.
08/23/2009 5:02:03 PM CDT
abraham james says ...
Its great that someone in your position can take a stand on real health issues.Hilary Clinton,I believe had an opportunity in the early years of Bill's tenure to change the so called health paradigm for the world.It was obviously to dificult.As an Australian who spent a week in New york in April and I visited Whole Foods in Houston st everyday.How lucky are you Americans to have WHOLEFOODS?Please come to AUSSIE.Please understand that John is entitled to his opinion as we all are and that WHOLEFOODS is one of Americas greatest contributions..
08/25/2009 4:11:08 AM CDT
Brandon Pigott says ...
John, Every one is entitled to express their beliefs, that's what made this country great! Once we let a group of people try to crush individual opinions, we all lose. My family shops at Whole Foods and will continue to do so. However, if the Board decides to remove you or diminish your capacity in any way, We will drop Whole Foods, like a HOT ROCK, as our grocer of choice.
08/28/2009 12:54:38 PM CDT
Sue Brock says ...
We think Whole Foods CEO's comments are not aligned with the vision and mission of the company. They are short sighted and self-serving. I am a weekly customer of Whole Foods in MInneapolis and will not be patronizing the store any longer.
08/28/2009 3:06:52 PM CDT
denise says ...
You have a new customer -- me! I appreciate business owners who are fair to their workers, and to their customers. To have such good ethics, AND clear thinking give me cause to patrionize your establishment. I've checked out the Whole Foods closest to my home, and intend to shop their tomorrow. Continue to use the forum afforded you by virtue of your position to give voice to those of us who share your sentiments. Thanks!
08/28/2009 7:23:55 PM CDT
TMJ says ...
We need more business people like yourself speaking out with alternative plans for good healthcare. Love your stand. Keep it up.
09/02/2009 10:27:27 AM CDT
Larry Huss says ...
I rarely shop at Whole Foods; however, when I heard of the planned boycott of Whole Foods because John Mackey dared to voice his objections to Obama's national healthcare plan, I plan to regularly - probably daily - shop Whole Foods. If there is a picket line, I intend to enter the store to buy products one at a time so that I can cross the picket line as often as possible. Good for you John Mackey and a pox on those who would seek to deny you and your company the right to be heard on any issue.
09/02/2009 12:28:29 PM CDT
Dennis says ...
I support John and his ideas 100%. This country needs more people like him. He is offering excellent ideas to help this country. It is a shame that it takes a heroic effort to state something so obvious. I would shop at Whole Foods for everything if I had the opportunity - the nearest store is 150 miles form home. However, I can recommend the store and products to everyone who cares to listen.
10/21/2009 9:23:20 AM CDT
Willie says ...
Thank you, John, for putting your common sense ideas regarding health care reform out there.
01/03/2010 11:03:21 PM CST
Chris K says ...
Is it necessary to identify yourself every time when defending you own company? Americans love it when CEO's go out into the field and work with their employees undercover. The CEO's get valuable information about their company they could not get if their identity was not hidden. Many americans wish their upper management cared enough about the "little guys" at the company to take this initiative. John's actions are inspiring and some of you believe he may have made a mistake or two in this blogging, however, I don't know anyone who does not make a mistake ever. I encourage all of us to do exactly what John has done; explain his opinions & actions and learn from mistakes he agrees he has done or others believe he has done. I love that John is trying to understand the consumer better and defend his own company in a matter that does not throw his public name around. Unfortunately, the bashing John has received will most likely force John to hide more and be less accessible. Ironically, this is something most "little guys" hate about such public figures. I feel what John has done is ethical, because I don't believe a random unknown user could influence the market place sooo much. If it did, then I suggest we should all take our selfish-selves and start blogging (under a random name of course). John, please keep finding new and exciting ways to speak to your customer. Regards, Chris K
01/03/2011 4:12:56 PM CST
fang says ...
Serious discussion needs to be addressed to requiring any pro- or anti- relationships existing between the source / person of the "blog" , the opinions stated and other people, organizations or entities being discussed.
01/18/2014 4:10:21 PM CST

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