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Steve Sage says ...
Hello John: Due to your being a good American freely expressing your opinion, my family is making a shopping change as of now. I live south of Tucson, Arizona and will now be switching all my family's food shopping when we're in town to Whole Foods. My sister pointed out your blog to me and as soon as I saw your quote from one of my heroes, Margaret Thatcher, I knew you stand for good over evil! I'm in my office right now looking at a photo I have above my desk of Thatcher and Ronald Reagan at the White House. I'm inspired every time I look at it, as I am by your courageous stance. Of course it shouldn't have to be courageous to express oneself, but these days it seems to be a requirement to speak up against the growing encroachment of an ever more stifling left wing government. Therefore, we support you 100% and will put our money where our politics are, by shopping a lot more at Whole Foods. We also won't be shy in expressing our opinions to those idiots picketing your store.
08/26/2009 6:51:20 PM CDT
Lynn says ...
Bravo, Mr. Mackey, Guess what healthcare it's NOT a right. read the the Constitution. the lying liberals media that we all come to laugh at. liberals and the democratic believe in abortion (to kill children) and want us also to pay for it. NO. NO. NO. NO......NO...NO..... Take the union which is communionism and doesn't care about this country...while your at it take pelosi,obama,lying liberals the unethical news media and russia may like your values. Thanks again for the conservative values that built this nation and taking a stand. Lots of Conservatives shop and Whole Foods and will continue to do. thanks again, Mr. Mackey
08/26/2009 7:34:34 PM CDT
Sandi says ...
What amazes me about all this is the anger directed at this man for expressing his qualified opinion about this attempt to force a government take-over of our health care system. He has a constitutional right to express his mind just as everyone else, but to threaten his job, to turn into an angry mom with torches to 'kill the monster' is just plain outrageous. I saw one remark 'thanks for showing us your political opinion...now we know and you will pay for it'. So, unless you love Obama, unless you have the lemming mentality to swallow everything he puts out, you don't deserve the same rights every citizen is entitled to? There are millions of people in this country who did not vote for Obama, they work in establishments that you probably shop at over and over...if their political opinion was to be revealed, you would stop shopping there as well? That's so stupid. You want to FORCE your opinions, your agenda, on everyone? So much for tolerance. Nice CHANGE. Keep it. WHOLE FOODS...you still have my business. I don't care what your CEO things or says. I'll be back!
08/26/2009 7:56:34 PM CDT
James Perkins says ...
I have never been to our local Whole Foods store on Oracle and Ina, I believe in your leadership and concur with your thoughts of O'bama care. I will be doing as much buisness in our local store starting tomarrow. You shouldn't be condemmed for believing in the American dream and achieving it with out the Goverment paying for it!!!! Goverment = my hard earned tax dollars! God Bless you and yours
08/26/2009 8:38:35 PM CDT
Lynn says ...
Thank you Mr. Mackey for taking a stand for conservatism of which built this country not the liberal people whom they think everything is their rights. Not. HEALTHCARE IS NOT A RIGHT. the liberals do not believe in the Constitution and know how to read the proposals that have created this huge mess we are now in with the congress,pelosi,kennedy,biden,and socialist,markist obama,oprah, union which is nothing more than communionism will someone tells and bullies when they tell you how to vote and demand their WRONG way. We Conservatives and alot of us will continue to shop a Whole Foods, thanks again Mr. Mackey
08/26/2009 8:44:05 PM CDT
kenneth graham says ...
As an avid shopper at Whole Foods, a progressive establishment encouraging good health by endorsing organic and healthy food stuffs, I was dismayed that the CEO would take a position for the elite and against health care for everyone. I was excited when the new Whole Foods opened in West St. Louis County next to my work. I have shopped there almost daily frequently eating lunch. That ended today. Those that have great health care and do not fear a catastrophic illness that could bankrupt them or care about those less fortunate who live daily in fear of getting seriously ill surely endorse Mr. Mackey's imperialistic self serving diatribe. I do not and will register my displeasure with the store he heads.
08/26/2009 8:47:13 PM CDT
Marion Gregg says ...
Mr. Mackey, More people support you than not. Keep writing articles. I will make it a point to shop in your store in Houston. Be encouraged . . . all the other side is doing is drawing attention to a good man, a good company and good, healthy products. I think you better get ready for business to boom. By the way, when I retire from my current job I might want to come to work at one of your stores.
08/26/2009 8:49:43 PM CDT
ALAN says ...
THANK YOU FOR BEING HONEST, I HAVE NEVER SHOPPED AT WHOLE FOODS UNTIL YESTERDAY, I WILL CONTINUE GOING AND TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS TO SHOP THERE. WE KNOW THE GOVERNMENT CANT RUN ANYTHING, AND GOD FORBID THEY GET THEIR HANDS ON OUR HEALTHCARE WE WONT HAVE ANY.
08/26/2009 11:30:03 PM CDT
Jan Warner says ...
When I read your interesting article I decided I would make a greater effort in supporting your market. Our President has been asking "if anyone has a better idea, let them say so" Well, it is your oponion but a very good one and I for one sure would like those in authority consider some of your ideas...Found it interesting that on the news...it was Unions protesting your ideas. Hang in there...we are not all union members or supporters. There are many who are supporting you, your ideas and your market.
08/26/2009 11:32:54 PM CDT
Hannah Smith says ...
Mr. Mackey: I find your opinions on healthcare to be typical of someone who has no idea of what it is like to be a struggling single parent with two small children trying to survive on two waitressing jobs. I have no health insurance and depend on the kindness of my family to help with my bills. I wish I could afford to shop at your store but there is no way I could ever afford to shop there for my family and have enough money left over for rent, utilities, etc.. You seem to have lost touch with what is really going on in this country. There is a dwindling middle class and growing working poor class. People who are working and struggling just to survive do not have access to decent healthcare let alone overpriced organic foods. I would boycott your store in protest to your elitist and selfish views but since I have never shopped there and can't due to a lack of discretionary money, I will be sure to urge others that I know who do occasionally shop there, not to. In the meantime, I will take my business and my double coupons to the Shoppers Food Warehouse down the street where I can get some locally grown produce in the summer at half the cost of your store and still have some money left over to buy my kids an ice cream cone on a hot summer night. The days of the Hog Farm ladeling up brown rice and organic soups to Woodstock Nation are gone...replaced by greedy capitalists such yourself. Shame on you.
08/27/2009 2:56:06 AM CDT
Houston Jones says ...
Hang in there John. Your ideas make a lot of sense. The radical left seems to be against common sense as well as free choice and public debate. It's their way or else.
08/27/2009 8:40:51 AM CDT
Hodge says ...
Cool point of view you have there, did you know that this nearly doesnt happen in some countries at all, although they do similar things but not exactly the same. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLJf4k-Sc8c
08/27/2009 9:09:41 AM CDT
B. Bartlett says ...
Mr. Mackey, Informed debate is something that we as Americans have been allowed by the shed blood of our forefathers. Those great men and women left Europe to be free to worship and live...a couple of hundred years later, we seem to be losing touch with why America became a land of hope for all, at least a portion of our nation is. Your article was excellent. As a side note, this morning there were two men in the gym with me sharing their surprise at how great Whole Foods was. They each laughed and said they'd never been there previously, but went to support you for voicing some sense. You're gaining a whole new base of customers. Congratulations.
08/27/2009 9:43:30 AM CDT
Debbie says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey: I want to thank you for the courage to stand up as a patriotic American Citizen and speaking your point of view- that is what we all call "free speech". At least it's free when this administration agrees with you. I never heard about your store or you until this controversy regarding the so called Health Reform, but thanks to Fox News Channel, I have heard the "fair & balanced" and accurate reporting of this matter. I agree with most of your views, and I am totally against anything this administration is trying to shove down our throats, because how can you trust an administration filled with extreme leftists, radicals, convicted felons, tax cheats, and I believe they are trying to take complete control of this country. I believe we need some health reform, and much of what you layed out is incredibly correct. There are so many other ways to fix this matter without any Federal involvement. I also want to thank you, as I understand you have given back to our communities much, and that makes you one of us, "we the people". I don't believe Illegal Immigrants should get free health insurance- they should be deported back to their country and seek legal methods to come to this country. I don't believe the "poor" who live on welfare, food stamps, etc, who have cell phones, Ipods, computers, 46" HD TV's etc should get free health care. I do believe working Americans with low wages, who are making genuine efforts to better their lives and move up the ladder, should be subsidized and assisted. I resent my taxes going to organizations such as ACORN, ACLU and all the other radical organizations that filter the money back to the criminal & corruption and greed in government. I will seek out the nearest store (which is not close by the way)and patronize that store as much as possible. I wish you would open a store here in Chattanooga- we sure could use it and you'd get a lot of business here. Once again, thank you for speaking boldly, holding to the truth, and sticking to your guns. You are a true American and I for one admire your courage. Sincerely Debbie Chattanooga, TN
08/27/2009 10:30:27 AM CDT
Victor Chen says ...
A new Whole Foods has opened here in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, and after visiting it, I came home and went online and found this interesting blog and all the comments. I had intended to give some business to Whole Foods, but now I think I will not. Mr. Mackey's views on health care insurance and "socialism" are objectionable to me. Without "socialized" Medicare, I would not have any health insurance at all. Medical costs in America are too high and going higher, and too many people are not covered at all. The present system needs to be improved, and President Obama and the Democrats should not be condemned as "socialists" for trying to find a better way.
08/27/2009 11:03:07 AM CDT
julia5 says ...
Thanks so much for standing up to the socialist that would take over our country.They will organize and try to take you down. Having said that,I will shop at your markets and urge others to also.The new Government is trying every tactic to take over the country.The ignorant people that want the health care passed are, the people that never worked and never will. They probably give you food stamps. And as far as the unions, I say stick it up you know what. The dregs of society already have free housing,and free medical care. The illegals also know all the gimmicks for all the free handouts.The only thing wrong with our health care system is the democrats have ruined medicaid,medicare,and social security.And the idiots think they will get something for free.Obama and his communist staff are trying to ruin out country.If you people want to see the real Obama,go to U Tube and look at his book( Dreams of my father)His words,his voice. He hates whites and his friends are Marxist.Go ahead,if you have any conscience.Get your head out of the ground and do some research. Peolsi is as bad or worse than Obama. Thanks again for standing up to the commies and socialist.A true American.
08/27/2009 12:22:13 PM CDT
Lisa Northey says ...
Kudos to you for standing up and exposing this socialistic program for what it is. To actually have people picket your business for daring to have an opinion that differs from the anointed one is amazing to me. I did not regularly shop in your stores, but I will be from now on!! Keep up the fight!!!!
08/27/2009 1:07:50 PM CDT
Mary Rose Kaczorowski says ...
Health care is a right, not a commodity. At the 2008 Democratic Convention, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Sen. Ted Kennedy said: This is the cause of my life - new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American - north, south, east, west, young, old - will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.
08/27/2009 1:24:24 PM CDT
Gary says ...
Mr Mackey, Kudos to you sir, for standing up and saying what you believe. The problem with the debate over health care is... there is no debate. If you disagree with the progressive view that government should take care of us like children, because we are either too dumb or too inept to do it ourselves, then we are called un-american, boycotted, attacked verbally or worse, attacked physically. The example the you are dealing with is exactly what I am talking about. You offered a substanive argument with examples of what you think will work in the health care debate. What I see here is (mostly) a host of rash non-critical thinkers that want to boycott your store. They (most) offer no real intelligent thought as to solutions to the problem. Some include ridiculous examples of babies being harmed and wrong legs being amputated as examples of why there should be no tort reform. I am a medical professional, and I have seen colleagues sued for the most inane reasons, not for neglect, abandonment, or just plain old carelessness. Those types of cases are supposed to garner the "big" payouts. But why did no one quote the 13 million dollar settlement for wrongly pulled teet, Or when one of my colleagues in anesthesia was sued because a patients OB GYN was not in the hospital, when she had her emergent C-section, and had to have the on call OB/gyn deliver her baby. The patient claimed the anesthesiologist assaulted her because she wanted her own doctor not the on call doctor. Never mind her babay was in danger and needed to be delivered emergently. Many of these people just don't know what they are talking about, they get their talking points from uber liberals, and don't want to adress facts. Like the fact that BILLIONS of dollars are wasted in medicare and medicaid to outright fraud every year. If the government wants to start health care reform, how about reforming the fraud control of Medicare and Medicaid first. Mr Mackey, I too have shopped at your store for years, and I too, admire you for the way you run your business, treat your customers and employees. I will continue to be a loyal customer.
08/27/2009 3:01:51 PM CDT
LV Shasa County, CA says ...
I agree with Mr. Mackey. Good for you! If we had a Whole Foods Store in our area I would support your business.
08/27/2009 5:33:56 PM CDT
LV Shasa County, CA says ...
I support your view Mr. Mackey. If you had a store in Shasta County, I would support it.
08/27/2009 5:35:22 PM CDT
James Reeves` says ...
I support Mr. Mackey's right to offer an opinion on healthcare or anything else. That is how our country has always been. I also agree that the worse thing would be for government to control healthcare. Exactly what government operation are we really proud of???? I have not shopped at WholeFoods, but I will now look up a store to show my support.
08/27/2009 5:38:48 PM CDT
Barrett Cooper says ...
Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the Health Care bill, and the courage it takes to make them in this environment of political retribution!! You can count on us as shoppers and our support. More CEOs should have your gumption and I hope your board sees it that way.
08/27/2009 5:48:34 PM CDT
Stefany Smith says ...
Mr. Mackey, Thank you for exercising your constitutional right of free speech. I hope your company doesn't bow to any pressure from the ultra liberal left who haven't got a clue. I am not a frequent shopper of Whole Foods but will now make the extra effort to do so. I will encourage my friends to do the same!
08/27/2009 5:53:51 PM CDT
Virginia Neill says ...
I had not been a Whole Foods shopper. I must admit, with a red face, that I thought this was not a place for me since it was so attractive to earthy crunchy liberals. I expected bland, low quality products. Boy, was I wrong! In support of Mr. Mackey, I went to my local Whole Foods in Hadley, MA. WOW!! This place is fantastic! A huge selection of products outstanding in quality and excellent in freshness. You have a regular customer now. Bonus: I'm going to bore all my friends to death with this until they start shopping there as well. Good job, Mr. Mackey. You brought an undiscovered gem to the attention of million: your well run, excellent stores.
08/27/2009 5:54:30 PM CDT

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