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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
Michael Smith says ...
Mr. Mackey, I shopped at WF once several years ago at the invitation of a friend who worked at your Pasadena CA market. I was impressed and bought some hair care products -thought you needed a small junk food selection though- and I was pleased with the experience. However I never began to shop there: 1) tight budget 2) not big on the importance of the "Organic" thing 3) a convenient Vons with a banking outlet. After hearing your WSJ OP-Ed piece discussed on talk radio and then reading it on line (as if I ever cared to wonder about the WF CEO's personal opinion of Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Care) I learned that my assumptions would have been wrong! I was impressed with your description of how "big-corporate" WF offers Health Care choice to your employees, and even more with your courage to speak out at a pivotal moment for the future of the US of America. I don’t want your corporate OPTIONS (or mine) to be levered away from your employees by the wrongheaded actions of an increasingly intrusive federal government -with the hubris to think that a collection of Policy makers (most with a Law Degree to their credit) and the ensuing huge tangle of faceless bureaucrats, who tend think that they know what’s best for everyone in every situation. Thank you for entering the fray and speaking out on this important matter. I will be countering the attempts to boycott WF by sending a few shopping dollars your way and by voicing my support for you, for any who have ears to hear and eyes to see. Stand firm; you did the right thing in this case. There are real problems with the “health care system” that need to be addressed. You make several points that I think both Left & Right can agree on, and that would go along way towards improving the current troubled parts of the status-quo. However do not miss one of the underlying meanings of this debate; the struggle between the Left and the Right forces of our time. In my opinion, it is largely between the “Collective Statist’s” –whom mostly have right-hearted motives, and the “Liberty-Free Marketers” –whom often need a high profile example (like WF and others), demonstrating how the better can be accomplished when the “Head” has a “Heart” but is not ruled by it. Good intentions (i.e. bringing peace and “Utopia” to mankind in our time) have regularly led to increased human misery. While not perfect, Capitalism -sometimes with a code of ethics and morality in practice- has done massive good for the human condition. Why do many Europeans clamor for the simple things like Whole Foods, and why are most European governments and Canada moving away from Socialized Healthcare and towards increased individual choice? Profit motivated corporate innovation in the Health Care arena alone, has demonstratively produced truly amazing results of improved living standards (things that my grandparents would have never dreamed possible). The socialist leaning democracies and countless others all over the world benefit from (and even feed off of) free market “profit motivated” innovation... and we should move in a direction that many of those who have tested the theory are now abandoning? Moreover, where it is being tried in the States it’s found wanting and in need of major revamping, or even abandoning. That’s silly –even arrogant. In the vein of Austin Powers, “Yeah ‘compassionate’ capitalism.” Yeah Whole Foods! My Gratitude, M.S.
08/30/2009 12:38:48 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
Jim says ...
John Thanks for being a stand-up guy! I wish we could make you the Health Care representative for all US citizens that have been left out of this government take it or leave it attitude. The economy and the job market are in a shambles, and yet they want to spend trillions in to debt that has never been seen in any one's lifetime. Your points on health care reform makes since , yes they are the places that should be the starting points for discussion instead of ripping the heart out of the best health care system in the world with a few warts that could be reformed. I thank you for using your 1st amendment right to help all of us with your points of view..Obama did ask for other points of view, but it seems he doesn't know how to handle people that disagree with him, that isn't very presidential. I believe your employees are lucky to have you in charge. I haven't been to your store in a while because it's quite a distance, but because of you and your words of wisdom we and others will travel over 30 miles 1-way to shop @ least 2 times a month from now on. Keep up the great work and THANKS
09/02/2009 2:23:33 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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