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Beth Ahrens-Kley says ...
<p>I WHOLEheartedly agree with every point, bravo, you have engaged in civil discussion, hopefully this kind of thoughtful outlining of ideas and subsequent publication in a major journal will only promote further discussion leading to health reform that is fair, and sustainable, and good for the country.</p>
09/19/2009 12:45:00 PM CDT
Steve says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>You have a right to your opinion, and I have a right to no longer shop at your store. Your products are over-priced. You sell things like chocolate bars with bacon bits. Whole foods is not a naturally healthy alternative. It is a high priced gourmet pseudo-healthy alternative. I used to feel good about shopping at Whole Foods because I was under the impression that the company supported progressive causes. I felt good about paying your higher prices because I felt I was contributing to something positive. Thank you for telling the truth. Whole Foods is simply an over priced gourmet chain for yuppies. How many locally owned natural foods stores have you put out of business with your predatory marketing practices? I did not believe what I heard. I told myself that Whole Foods was simply a successful chain espousing progressive ideals. Now I know the truth. You have lost another customer. Back to the locally owned natural foods stores.</p>
09/19/2009 5:04:00 PM CDT
nisey baylor says ...
<p>greetings<br> Mr. Mackey:<br> I was so happy when whole foods (use to be fresh fields) open in this area at least almost 16 years ago. Trying to be healthy at a cost, which didn't matter to me because we do what we want to these days. I decided to spend my money with whole foods for many reasons, healthy foods, nice people &amp; etc. with babies back to back. fresh fields was our highest bill over &amp;900.00 per month for seven people. tasting of the foods was special to me I had never seen that many places. Your piece I read made me sad. because I really felt whole foods do care about its community in all ways. not just to get folks money $$. I know you cater to the money people for fast good food &amp; quality products. its needed in this area, but you are saying you don't care about us &amp; others at all? I love love whole foods. break fast, lunch &amp; dinner sometimes whole foods caters all my parties!. My decesion to not shop whole foods is still pondering in my heart for many reasons. but its a thought. I don't know how many people will stop shopping at wholefoods, I do know at least twenty in my circle have, because I do know people would say one thing &amp; do another like voting:) I can't say yet what I am going to do because this is giving me another something to think about &amp; act on. I can't wait to follow this through.</p> <p>so concern<br> Mrs. Baylor</p>
09/19/2009 6:00:00 PM CDT
Karen Courtright says ...
<p>Just a quick note to say that I am now a FORMER Whole Foods Customer.</p>
09/19/2009 7:48:00 PM CDT
Carolyn says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,<br> I have been a lover of Whole Foods since the first time I stepped into one. Because of the decent and proper stand you have taken regarding the crap washington wants to show down our throats I will spend every single penny I can in your stores. </p> <p>Keep being a true american and speaking your mind!</p>
09/19/2009 9:36:00 PM CDT
Carolyn says ...
<p>Churchill had it right that anyone over the age of 30 who is a socialist is brainless. I vote republican for two reasons. An able-bodied person should work for their own dinner and big government cannot spend my dollar better than I can!!!!</p>
09/19/2009 9:38:00 PM CDT
alice says ...
<p>Well,truth is bitter but must be swallowed.<br> Many are 'hurt' but we know that most people needs healthcare coverage to go to the Doctor to be told what he just said.<br> You are brave!!<br> Gvt run hospitals are a mess,i will be deeply concerned if i have to wait in line and die for treatment than go to my private provider and be seen right away.<br> They should just fix and strengthen medi-cal,medicare to fairly cover those who can't afford than to punish everyone with universal coverage.<br> Mr CEO, just know that there are many supporters out there.</p>
09/19/2009 10:02:00 PM CDT
Melissa Ryan says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>Well at least you are honest about your reprehensible beliefs and let the arrows fall where they may. I have to admit I'm surprised though.</p> <p>I can no longer shop in your store. My two friends who read about your interview in the WSJ have also stopped their weekly pilgrimages to your store. It probably will significantly help my pocketbook as they don't call you Whole Paycheck for no reason. I eat organically, don't smoke, am thin, work out six days a week. I also was born with a genetic defect with means that I am missing approximately 1/4 of my immune system. I am 50% more likely to get an autoimmune disorder or cancer than those without this defect. My mother died at a fairly young age of cancer, she had the same genetic defect.</p> <p>I own a tiny business and cant afford to insure my employees. I can barely afford to insure myself. With the economy as bad as it is I am not sure I will survive. My premiums have gone up to $1,400 a month for an individual policy with a $1,500 yearly deductible. What would you suggest people in my situation do? Perhaps those of us with genetic defects should just be euthanized. Or better yet, put us in internment camps where we can all die together without the benefit of expensive life saving treatments or expensive screenings that would detect illness early when it might save our lives. </p> <p>Congratulations on your forward-thinking approach to basic human rights.</p>
09/20/2009 3:08:00 PM CDT
Pam Trikolas says ...
<p>Thank you Mr.Mackey, for your common sense input about healthcare reform. I believe it is your right to express your opinion on such an important issue. When did expressing an opposing view become wrong? I do not have a Wholefoods store in the south suburbs of Chicago(Orland Park) hint, hint;but I will trek to Darien more often to do my shopping, as I love what your store has to offer. You have my family's support. Keep voicing your opinion, you are not alone.</p>
09/21/2009 5:15:00 PM CDT
Toriano says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>Socialism = FAIL<br> Capitalism = FAIL<br> Capitalism w/ 'Social Balancing' = PASS (Hypotenuse) </p> <p>Margaret Thatcher is no one, great, to quote! She was born into a life of privilege and never had to go without; she always had health care. Notwithstanding, her father was the proprietor of two successful grocery stores, so I can see why you might be fond of her story. </p> <p>At any rate, our country NEEDS universal education and health care.</p> <p>How about this: </p> <p>1. Let's get rid of our public schools, because they compete with the private ones; this will ensure mass ignorance.</p> <p>2. Let's skip universal health care; this will keep the death panels in business, and it will ensure mass sickness and death, i.e. the status quo.</p> <p>Here's a quote for you:</p> <p>Socialism protects and abets both the needy and lazy, alike; however, I liken capitalism to a game of musical chairs: Everyone (i.e. MOST) will not get a seat. ' Me</p>
09/22/2009 9:32:00 AM CDT
Becky Hunter says ...
<p>To Emma and the others who think health insurance is what will save people. Its HEALTH CARE! By Law, everyone who needs HEALTH CARE is treated. Health insurance is just another buracratic agency that still has the power to decide what gets paid for and what doesn't get paid for. Health Care in this country is second to NONE! What is wrong with you people? Do you want to have a system like Canada and England?? Hello'¦it only takes someone with half a brain to see how awesome this country is!</p>
09/22/2009 10:35:00 AM CDT
Becky Hunter says ...
<p>To Mr. Mackey, You are truly a patriot. It is sad that the LIBS don't respect freedom of speech or respect anyone who has a different opinion than theirs. LIBS are the most intolerant group of people on the planet and I will shop at Whole Foods more because I support patriots and people who can think for themselves who are not brainwashed with the liberal talking points.</p>
09/22/2009 10:41:00 AM CDT
Pam Brennan says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>Problem with capitalism is the monied folks hord like hell, exploit like mad and steal every natural resource possible creating poverty, dispair and really bad air. Capi care is crappy care. Tax us big time and ensure we get value back in our roads, healthcare, offense, housing for all and, of course, organic food for all too. Salud !! Obama cares. Status quo scares.</p>
09/22/2009 2:15:00 PM CDT
Tabitha says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey, </p> <p> I read your article and every comment on this page'¦ I have mixed feelings. I love the fact that you stand up for what you believe in and also agree with the fact that we need to be responsible with our health.<br> I disagree with the fact that you believe that people of low income who can't afford insurance are not that important.<br> I feel Real health care reform must protect and enhance human life and human dignity. Every member of the human family has the right to life and to the means that are suitable for the full development of life, as you can see I don't fully agree with you but I applaud you for speaking up and hope you never regret that.<br> We are in America, we have freedom of speech.</p>
09/22/2009 7:24:00 PM CDT
Ll says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,<br> in your article you make it sound as if the only reason people have Health issues is because they do not eat right and don't work out. While I do feel the health of our country is an extreme problem that needs to be addressed, your store doesn't make it very affordable for people to shop at. Have you ever tried to take just fifty dollars and buy Enough food to last a family a few days ? I can appreciate<br> se if the statements and suggestions you have about healthcare reform in this country, but maybe you should take some time to compare the numbers related<br> to poverty and the purchasing of groceries. Or take the tome to read many polls that have been published showing Americans can't afford to buy 'whole foods' or organic foods. What is YOUR company doing to make it easier for ALL Americans to be able to shop at a place like whole foods market? If you really believe what you wrote in that all Americans would be healthier if they ate better, then you should be prepared to make adjustments to help make this possible.</p>
09/22/2009 9:41:00 PM CDT
Debbie Regault says ...
<p>To Mr. Mackey<br> I am a Canadian living in the United States and have been overwhelmed at the negativity that many US Citizens have towards government sponsored health care. As a Cdn I pay higher taxes but don't take home less than most Americans making the same salary when you look at the cost of your health care system (paying for insurance premiums). Our system isn't perfect but no body (including my 92 year old grandmother who is going in for surgery in order to improve the quality of her life) in Canada has to worry about how to pay, whether someone will pay, and whether the right forms have been sent to the right people. </p> <p>It has amazed me to discover the amount of incredible stress that many of you live under on a day to day basis, due to the health care situation in your country. It permeates every conversation I have with Americans. Even those who have health care are concerned about premium rates and whether things are approved or not, and whether they have sent something to the right person. It has a substantial impact on an individual's health and their ability to fight disease and injury. I am surprised Mr. McKay that you have not been informed more fully on the impact Stress has on someone's well being, and their ability to stay healthy regardless of what foods they eat (even the overpriced 'healthy' foods you sell) or the amount of exercise etc. that they do. Stress is a major killer, and money is one of the critical causes of stress in people's lives, and only someone who is the CEO of an organization, who may not remember money stress, would argue for a position that only continues the atmosphere of money stress associated with health care in this country. </p> <p>I feel blessed to have lived in your country and to get to know the wonderful citizens, however I am left with the strong notion that money and the ability for insurance companies, doctors, and medical providers to continue to make lots of money will win over HEALTH in this debate. </p> <p>I have never shopped at your store because of your social positioning. I need certain foods because of how I choose to live and I get them at your store. I can guarantee that the $1000 a month I spend on food for my family, however, will no longer be freely spent at your store because I can't support your position. </p> <p>I wish you and America luck.</p>
09/22/2009 11:07:00 PM CDT
Dave McKenna says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey '<br> I have been a faithful customer to Whole Foods for the last five years. I have frequented your stores in Bridgeport Village and Portland, Oregon. I mainly shop for your selection of organic meats, cheeses, wines, organic foods and local produce. I have often said to friends and family that the Bridgeport Village store was like a store in heaven. However, I have recently heard in the news of your stand on health care. I have read through your article and understand your position. Obviously Margaret Thatcher is one of your heroes; and, CEOs and conservatives everywhere will pat you on the back for stating their intentions so well.<br> One of the reasons I shopped at Whole Foods was because you strived for humane treatment of animals in the products you supply. I find it unacceptable to pursue the humane treatment of animals when you do not consider it important to treat our fellow Americans humanely by working towards a system of universal health care. I do not consider it a 'right' to have healthcare, but as a necessity for any 'civilized' developed country to provide for its people. Education is not a 'right' either, but it is something civilized societies demand for their children.<br> Because of your very public stance on this issue I have decided not to support your business anymore, and will use Lifesource in Salem, and local farmer's markets to obtain healthy foods.</p>
09/23/2009 1:37:00 AM CDT
John Hutchinson says ...
<p>Dear JM, I appreciate your article and would only make several comments:</p> <p>1. While I appreciate your disclaimer about your personal opinion not being the stance of Whole Foods, in reality, since you are the visionary and CEO of WF, it would be a bit disingenuous to try to separate the two. Do you think your article would have been published as easily if you were not the CEO of WF?</p> <p>2. I personally would like to see a bit more emphasis on prevention by moving away from a sugar and carb- burning diet. It seems that those of us with tendencies toward obesity or continual sugar burning are not aided by the low-fat approach only '¦since we must retrain our bodies to reduce leptin levels and burn fats by ingesting good fats.</p> <p>3. I appreciate your vision and the reality that WF makes in improving our health and the health of the planet. Any change we make is usually an improvement. I would love to see more emphasis in your in store eating choices that emphasize Dr. Rosedale's Diet.</p> <p>Thanks again for your article. I agree with about 90% of it'¦ Regards'¦</p>
09/23/2009 9:40:00 AM CDT
Liz Kvaavik says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,<br> You have lost my 10+ years of business as well. You may want to refrain from writing any more articles on any other political or ethical issues. I will look forward to hearing of a new CEO at Whole Foods. If the purpose of writing this article was to bring a new customer base of affluent Republicans who have no idea what it is to struggle in life, then job well done.</p>
09/23/2009 2:33:00 PM CDT
Kathryne says ...
<p>I really enjoyed reading this-I wish we had a Whole Foods here in Fayetteville, NC to shop at because I surely would support the company as I appreciate the organic and healthy lifestyle. Thank you for your thoughts and for sharing them even when they may not be the most popular-you are still supported here even though we don't have your store!!<br> Regards,<br> Kat</p>
09/23/2009 4:01:00 PM CDT
Kathleen says ...
<p>Wow! Mr Mackey, you are my new hero! I work in the healthcare field and am adamantly opposed to Obama's plan and any such government nonsense. Having also experienced the healing powers of whole foods first-hand (and in particular from Whole Foods), i believe the most impactful thing our government can do for us, is butt out of the business side of healthcare and outlaw irresponsible non-foods. promote healthy living and eating and stop the madness that is not only killing our environment but each and every one of us!! Thank you so very much for speaking out. I think your article may be much more popular than you think and it's time we all speak out!! please keep up the good work and great quality foods! i trust Whole Foods and now, i trust you! great article and great ideas for healthcare coverage and America! God Bless!<br> With Incredible Respect and Admiration,<br> Kathleen Rueth</p>
09/23/2009 10:52:00 PM CDT
Tim Nelson says ...
<p>Dear JM,</p> <p>Wonderfully, fair and cogent argument. Thank you for your honesty and your wisdom. Well written. You have a new fan and customer in our family of six. I have told all my relatives to buy from your store. I sensed no political spin in your article (except the title which wasn't yours). Very well written. Thank you for helping make sense of a complex issue. </p> <p>Sincerely,<br> Tim Nelson</p>
09/23/2009 10:58:00 PM CDT
Rachel Bates says ...
<p>Thank you for exercising your right to free speech! I was sad when I heard that many people were staging a boycott against your company because of your views. I find it ironic that these are the same people who typically refer to themselves as 'open-minded.' There are many entertainers who share views different than my own, but that is their right, and I have never felt the need to attack them in any way or boycott their movies'I don't understand why people feel the need to get so ugly. I am about two hours away from the nearest Whole Foods, but I will make it a point to stop in the next time I'm in the neighborhood. </p> <p>Please keep sharing your views, and educating the public! More people with real world experience need to start speaking up!</p>
09/24/2009 12:34:00 AM CDT
Susie McFadyen says ...
<p>I'll drive the one hour to get to Whole Foods to make a statement of my support for your stance. Stand strong and keep capitalism alive in America. You should never be punished for your success.</p> <p>PS Please locate in Fayetteville, NC. We have lots of good Army-AirForce republicans and with the coming of BRAC, thousands of high ranking officers and their support staffs will be relocating to our area. Your nearest store in Southern Pines is an hour away from Fayetteville.</p>
09/24/2009 8:41:00 AM CDT
Livia Gasper says ...
<p>Please don't apologize! Insight from a small business owner who has made it big and has 'done right' by his employees and company, is what a healthy democracy needs'¦even if it differs from the views, opinions, positions, or politics of the incredibly disconnected 'representing' us in Washington. I only wish there were a Whole Foods near me (New Hampshire) that I could go to so that I could show my support.</p>
09/24/2009 8:42:00 AM CDT

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