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John L says ...
Boycott, really? Those boycotting are not able to identify with anyone on an individual basis, so they turn on a brand. No worries, for every boycotting individual, I bet you just gained 10 people. I applaud CEOs like yourself and Jonathan Schwartz who is chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems. I heard an analogy that might be a good fit. It goes "if grocery stores were run like healthcare, some people would leave with what they need without paying and let everyone else left in the store to pay for their items". Perhaps the people boycotting are the ones running out of the store without paying in this example. Just a thought. This is not the Change America expected with Obama.
08/29/2009 6:57:32 PM CDT
judy gwillim says ...
We totally agree with you and commend you for taking a stand on this issue. More CEO's need to step up to the plate and take a side on important issues. We do not have a whole Foods store in our town but make a point to shop at the ones in Chicago and Naples Florida. We have several hundren friends in our town who also agree with you and appreciate your public opinions.
08/30/2009 11:30:44 AM CDT
Hobart says ...
Right on, Mr. Mackey. You're a part of the debate as much as any of the Democrats or Mr. Obama! You are spot on when you express concern over government taking over health care. It's obvious that's what the Democrats' goal is: government run, single-payer health care. To me, that is health care suicide. Who enjoys their interactions with government agencies? IRS? DMV? Local and state bureaucracies? No one does. The Obama-Care plan seeks to destroy the private health insurance industry and replace it with government run care: socialized medicine. Stop the government power grab! Oppose Obama care. Support legislation to improve the system without trashing it!
08/31/2009 10:04:34 AM CDT
pati d says ...
I have been a loyal customer at my local Whole Foods store in the past. You are a very wealthy man and I'm sure you can get the best health care money can buy. How could you possibly understand the needs of working people. You are just another greedy ceo. You are entitled to your opinions Mr. Mackey and I am entitled to spend my food dollars elsewhere.
08/31/2009 4:46:56 PM CDT
CC says ...
Mr. Mackey; I have never shopped at your store but will be tonight for the buycott. I believe this country is more in need of factual information and better health choices which start with our decisions in many of the preventative area's. Please keep being inovative and strong. Thank you so much for all of your charity work and not being afraid to put your ideals out there. CC
09/01/2009 4:25:54 PM CDT
ensa cosby says ...
I am so sad that the CEO has decided to reveal such a narrow minded, evil side. I shopped 2x a week at Whole Foods in Chelsea, New York city, and today was the last day I'll EVER be a customer in any Whole Foods market EVER AGAIN. Ihave been a very loyal and once, happy customer of the company for over 12 years! The amount I spent there, and thank goodness can afford it, was about $1,200.00 a week. That was over the last 5 years. My entire family, (3 sisters, with kids, both my parents and my 87 yr. old grandmother who used to shop there for years in Maryland, we have all decided to never again give another red cent to the Whole Foods companies, or its affiliates! It is unfortunate that such a fair minded, earth loving company is run by another conservative dolt. Goodbye and good riddance WholeFoods! F O R E V E R !!!!!
09/01/2009 7:42:09 PM CDT
sonia singh says ...
Hi Mr. Mackey, I am small business owner. your story and your faith real gave me a big hope! thank you for being strong and giving us small business owners a hope! I support Whole foods! and now i make sure that my family and freinds will go there too!
09/01/2009 9:46:07 PM CDT
Lucinda Sheth says ...
Mr. Mackey: I loved your 8/10/09 article in the WSJ so much that I copied it and sent it to my Senators the very next day. I never heard back from them, but when I found out about the boycot of you stores because you had the audacity to voice your good ideas....I got in my care and drove 15 miles to shop at the store in Jericho, NY. I had never been to Whole Foods, but I am now a regular customer. Thank you for supporting Free Market Principles and American Entrepenuership. You a fine example of a good corporate citizen!
09/01/2009 9:51:56 PM CDT
nmw says ...
Thank you for your Op-Ed piece. I am so grateful for your courage and willingness to stand up against the proposed healthcare bill and show there are viable alternatives to what Congress and the White House are proposing. I have been a customer for many, many years and will continue to shop at Whole Foods to show my support. I did my normal shopping last night but went again to the 'buy-cott' at Town and Country, MO again today to shop more but more importantly, to show others that together, we can make a difference. Thanks again!
09/01/2009 9:52:20 PM CDT
J cim says ...
Just wanted to say I have joined the buycott. I will be shopping at your store Thursday for the first time. I do not have a store near our home in Winchester, Virginia but will travel several miles to show you our support and Thank-you for speaking up. My husband and I plan on speaking up with our dollars.
09/01/2009 10:30:20 PM CDT
Steven Heath says ...
I support your op ed. If there was a store by my home, I would support it. Thank you for your corage and comments. Steven Heath
09/01/2009 11:06:45 PM CDT
donna says ...
I live in St. Louis, MO and have shopped at the Brentwood store. Thank you for yoru WSJ article. The people who are boycotting your stores need to get life. When has freedom of speech become evil. I will do MORE shopping at your stores. Glad to see your stock has stayed OK
09/02/2009 8:19:25 PM CDT
PaWilcox says ...
Mr. Mackey, You are truly a leader and right on for speaking out... I have always and continue to support Whole Foods Market!!! My favorite store! The closest one is 5 hours away in Ft. Collins, Colorado and I stop there every chance I get... I do know many more people now that will be BUYcotting your store now... Way to go!!! Keep it up and YOU ARE A GREAT AMERICAN!!!
09/04/2009 6:37:27 PM CDT
Isaias says ...
Whole foods its unfair
03/07/2012 2:32:52 AM CST
Tommy V says ...
This is a joke. More Right Wing talking points that don't solve anything and suggests that deregulating the health insurance industry would actually fix part of the problem. Healthy people have NO clue what people who require insurance need. Then you go on to suggest that people should get tax rebates to pay for people who dont have health insurance because, as the right likes to point out; they don't want it or need it. All the while people who need expensive treatments end up possibly losing that treatment because there is no longer any regulation in place. Then not only do you have people who need health treatments paid for but their cost of living subsidized because they can no longer work. Capitalism is self sustaining for so long, we have plateaued and are on the slope downward. That Margret Thatcher quote is a great example of propaganda and the truth being hidden away from people. I wont go into that here but it is sad that you felt the need to inject your opinion into this and decided not bring anything new or substantive to the topic.
09/06/2009 1:51:57 PM CDT
Dana MS says ...
Many thanks for your "cluttering the issue with Common Sense". Loved your points on improving/providing viable alternatives to the current proposals. Can't understand the opposers who are high on invective but short on offering alternative or reasons as to why your logic is faulty. Indeed, as one blogger opined :" who among us is happy with any government provided service: IRS, DMV, ..et al" Keep up what you're doing..very positive and good for us..much like your stores.
09/07/2009 6:25:57 AM CDT
KB Portland says ...
I'll be taking my business elsewhere (New Seasons Market). You should be ashamed of yourself.
09/07/2009 1:23:54 PM CDT
kate says ...
My friend is boycotting your store. After reading your oped piece I will continue to shop and make up for what she's no longer spending at WFM. Continued success to you!
09/08/2009 11:32:17 PM CDT
Beth Hendrick says ...
With all the hullaballo about the CEO, I decided to go visit the Whole Foods market in South Orlando. What a wonderful place! The selection is incredible and the array of foods from all over the world is marvelous! Count me in as a new customer along with the other ladies in our family.
09/24/2009 11:57:40 AM CDT
Ky says ...
I have been shopping at Whole Foods for over 9 years I drive over 35 miles one way to get there 2 times a month I love your store and your employees are always friendly and seem very happy. Last time I went I asked the cashier about her benefits, she said she had great health care and did not pay one cent! I am more than sure all the people from the left will be replaced with new customers!
09/27/2009 6:15:07 PM CDT
lc says ...
Freedom of speech...a right as an American... we all have a right to our own opinion ... and thank you for speaking from your wisdom, experience, expertise and for your honesty.
09/12/2009 7:35:09 PM CDT
Merlin says ...
Mr. Mackey, With all due respect, I believe you are full of hot air when talking about how to create jobs. Like the rest of the 1%-ers, your only interest is yourself. The main goal of yours or any other company is to make money period...there is no greater good. The way you have to make money is to hire low wage workers to supply the human services to your customers. The minute you could replace them with a foreigner making $2.00 an hour you would, the minute you could automate a function and pay no one you would. It would immediately impact your bottom line, save on benefits etc., etc. A few years ago your maiin goal was to eliminate Wild Oats...you did, it's capitalism at is finest, the strong survived. Privatizing Social Security is not the answer to creating jobs, making people like you pay your fair share into it @ 7% would make it solvent for the next 200 years. We know, the cap for you is like $125K andd you stop paying. I'm not saying the companies continue to pay, just the individuals, that includes bonus pay. If you privatized SS no regular worker would put into it until it was too late because they cannot afford to. Could you imaginie this latest economic downturn if we had no Safety nets in Place. I could, there would be anarchy! Medicare & Medicaid are separate issues. We need to address the rising cost of healthcare by nationalizing insurance. To have 50 million people unable to afford insurance at this time is a tragedy. I don't have the solution, but there has to be a better way. I agree that we need to shrink federal government, but then the size of state government will increase. Your state taxes will increase. For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action. The states would have to fend more for themselves....how will they do that TAXES my friend. Someone must maintain roads, bridges, sewer systems, water supply right now states are subsidized by the fed, take it away and the states have to come up with cash. Stes have to come up with cash for Public Education. Etc, Etc. This is Economics 101. You will never have to worry about your retirement or your healthcare, neither will your children, your childrens cildren and so on. I do not begrudge any amount of money you ever made, you CANNOT have a nation of people like John Mackey...someone has to tow the line, cut the fish, stock the shelves. If you think you can survive and retire on that working two 40hour a week jobs you are way out of touch with reality. This is why we need some entitlement programs, Let's be real 401K's are a joke for the average worker. It saved people like you from having to give up your hard earned dollars into a pension plan that would be a true supplement to social security & medicare. Most people have no idea how to invest and a 401K is an individuals responsibility...Why? because corporations would rather wash their hands of social consciousness. Creating jobs is the responsibilty of people like yourself, not the government. However, we end up having to listen to people like you espousing rhetoric that your tax rate is to high, the minimum wage is too high, healthcare is too high, we can't pay our shareholders...so eliminate the peons jobs. Right now the biggest reason we have no jobs is the slow death of huge companies like Kodak, Newspapers, Retail establishments that no longer need workers. Why? The internet and computers allows me to bank without a teller, read a "newspaper" without the paper, shop without a checkout girl and salesperson, what the heck I can even shop at the supermarket and have it delivered to my house. What do we do with all those jobs that will never come back that our parents either supllemented their incomes or guys like me di after school. Our children have to get more creative in finding work. many companies have taken to hiring workers with no benefits...WALMART for example...at one time almost 80% of their workers were on public assitance in Tennesee. This is the problem and it's not government. It's the selfishness and greed of the new breed of CEO and corporation. What's in it for me and my shareholders... So, stop thinking we're all so dumb, because we're not. I have an MBA in Finance and I work a regular job and I'm blessed to have it. Regards, Merlin
02/09/2012 3:56:14 PM CST
kent kadlub says ...
Mr. Mackey, Thanks for your courage to speak out against government-run health care. Existing government programs are poorly administrated financial disasters, why should we turn the whole system over to proven failures? You are a producer running a successful company that employs hundreds of thousands of people, something most of the bureaucrats in D.C. haven't done and don't respect. People who claim health care is a right and "for the public good" just have their hands in every tax payer's pocket. I'm participating in the "buycott".
09/15/2009 7:46:47 AM CDT
Skylar says ...
Mr. Mackey, I applaud you as a great American. You are absolutely correct to join the debate and you have expressed some clear, valid and to my mind feasible options for reforming health care coverage. I have been shopping at Whole Foods since the store in my area was Wild Oats and will continue to support your store. Also, I'm talking with all my friends about the health care topic, as many people are, and I consistently tell them about your story. Bravo! Best wishes, Skylar
09/30/2009 6:34:42 PM CDT
marvin nubwaxer says ...
freedom to mine and burn coal and ignore all the economic and health costs associated with it. freedom to dump toxins into the air and water or ruin seacoasts with oil spills. etc, etc, etc. america 200 years ago was a far different place with a tiny population and huge areas of land not yet stolen from the native inhabitants. your freedom has social, economic and health costs associated with them that you'd just as soon deny or ignore. you surely don't want to pay them nor have society--in the form of government regulation to protect the majority from the greedy minority--looking over your shoulder or telling you how to run your business. somalia is the land of the free. little government. want to be a pirate, argh? then somalia is for you. want an army to command as its general? go right ahead in somalia because no one there can stop you. just watch your back because the government that you cry bout restricting you also provides the safety of laws and law enforcement as well as armed forces to protect the freedoms you believe we are losing from foreign aggression. sweden has high taxes and government intrusion into the lives of its citizens. not only do they have the freedom to create businesses and jobs--ikea, volvo--they also seem to have freedom from starvation and freedom from worry about getting sick without the means to get medical care. i was born in 1950. at that time the world's population was about 2.5 billion, which is about what the combined population of china and india. imagine the rest of the world without any people. now there are about 7 billion on the planet--as if all that uninhabited area of the world got overrun with people in just 60 years. live free or die? easy to say when you population is tiny compared to new york city, california or any world city. your argument against regulation lives in a time long past where neighbors were often miles apart and you frame it in code emotional words like "freedom". your argument is invalid
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