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Larry Weber says ...
Mr. Mackey, I salute you as leader who steps up and provides your views on critical issues. As a former 'public policy' [government affairs] executive with one of the largest companies in the world, I can imagine the advice you received from internal advisors. If only the rest of the US Chamber had the backbone you have shown. As a shopper at Fresh Mart in Dunwoody, I can assure you that in the future I will make the drive to Whole Foods in Sandy Springs. Larry Weber Dunwoody Georgia
08/27/2009 5:59:27 PM CDT
AMeltz says ...
"Most of the diseases which are both killing us and making health care so expensive-heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, which account for about 70% of all health care spending, are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal or no alcohol consumption, and other healthy lifestyle choices." Are you kidding me? You think all cancer is preventative. You can get cancer by living in a city like Los Angeles or Denver just by breathing the smog everyday of your life. You can get cancer by drinking polluted water and bottled beverages with biphenol. People didn't even know cigarettes were causing cancer 20 years ago. Diabetes can be hereditary. His ignorance astounds me. BTW: Owning a personal computer is a ridiculous comparison to having a right to healthcare. Get this guy out! John Makey has a right to express his opinion, but he is not the brightest bulb, by alienating his base customer. He could have just kept his mouth shut. I hope he gets a new job very soon, because until then I will not be shopping in Whole Foods. The one clear easy way to express our opinion in this country is by where we spend our hard earned cash. That is my right.
08/27/2009 6:23:43 PM CDT
Lynda Jowell says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, My husband and I shop exclusively at Whole Foods, as does my daughter. My son shops at your Pasadena store. When we are in California, we shop at your Manhattan Beach store and love it. We visited the London Whole Foods and still rave about it to our friends. We will continue to shop at your stores and agree with your comments about the Obama Health Care. If I were you, I would not be concerned about the boycott.....Union people do not shop at Whole Foods anyway. First, Obama took over the banks, then the auto industry, and now the Utilities (Cap & Trade)and Health Care. BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!
08/27/2009 6:34:14 PM CDT
elizabeth stanton says ...
I am curious to know if you, Mr. Mackey, are happy with the lead that The Wall Street Journal chose for your article and one that was bound to be viewed as a slam at the president. I would not expect anything else from this paper currently owned by Rupert Murdock. I have loved the Whole Foods Market and what I perceived to be it"s authenticity. But I want to know more and will continue to pursue a more in depth search of the company culture. Meantime looks like you will have an overwhelming influx of new customers from the "birthers". I will reserve judgement about your article on health care other than to say that you do not seem to have done an in depth and balanced investigation. For example we spend more than any other nation on health care and yet have the shortest life expectancy, highest infant mortality, 700 000 people go bankrupt every year for medical bills and so on. I suggest you pursue this further. This is too serious for a superficial view.
08/27/2009 7:09:58 PM CDT
leslie pitts says ...
Glad to see that you have so many level-headed customers! Of course you have compassion for those who are struggling, but the answer is NOT socialized medicine. Those who disagree with your statements seem only to be able to make emotion-based arguments. Stick to your guns!
08/28/2009 1:49:15 PM CDT
Beth says ...
John Mackey Horray for you!! please do not change your message. I have not been a Whole Foods shopper but I will for now on. Thanks left wingers for the intro. May GOD Bless you John Beth From Chicago
08/28/2009 2:13:48 PM CDT
scott harmon says ...
Mr. Mackay: I appreciate your commentary on the health care issue, and I support your comments. As a result of the boycotting of your store by those who think we need government control of our lives, we will make a special effort to frequent Whole Foods and will increase our spending there. Thanks for having the courage to stand up to those who are boycotting. Considering all you do for your employees, you'd think the liberals and unions would be lavishing you with praise. I guess private businesses doing good things for their employees isn't as good as the government taking your money and then doing it.
08/28/2009 3:53:38 PM CDT
Steve Lipton says ...
Thank God there is a CEO who has the courage to speak up even when it is not politically correct to do so! My wife and I shop at Whole Foods as often as our budget allows and we will continue to support you and the company even more now. Please do not let a vocal minority discourage you from speaking your mind on an imporatnt issue like health care reform.
08/28/2009 5:41:16 PM CDT
CeCe Ross says ...
Thanks for standing up for your beliefs as a libertarian. You make us all proud. I will continue to shop at Whole Foods, and probably more so now. Good Bye Publix and Kroger!
08/28/2009 6:22:10 PM CDT
Mary Ann H says ...
Mr. Mackay, Thank you for your views on Healthcare Reform. Our deficit is in the trillions, our national debit is over $10 trillion and Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are heading south. I believe if Pres Obama's HealthCare Reform is passed, it would do serious damage both short term and long term to our economy. In order to pay for universal healthcare, the US Gov't would have to raise taxes, borrow funds (the US already pays billions in interest), or print money. I agree that HealthCare reform is needed but not what is currently proposed by the Obama Adm. and Congress. I too agree that healthcare is not a right, however, it is a responsibility...and my healthcare is my responsibility. I am now more inclined than ever to shop at Whole Foods. As my husband needs to eat gluten free, we have found your store to have a very large selection of gluten free foods we especially like the Glutino pizza crust. I'd also like to mention that regardless of which Whole Foods Store we're in, your employees are consistently helpful, courteous and positive.
08/28/2009 7:35:51 PM CDT
Sally Batson says ...
Hello, As I hear all the criticisms on your stance on health care reform, it amazes me, as with other issues, that you are beat up for being on the conservative side of the issue or expressing your own opinions. Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy's passing have made them heroes; people forget their sordid past and put them on pedestals forgetting the headlines they both made ... Jackson too many to list, Kennedy's Chappequiddick incident among other things - you'd never know that they had happened. I hope we all are allowed to continue to express our opinions, we should not be headline news for being against an issue or conservative, but that appears to be the way it always goes. More power to you, John Mackey. Unfortunately I don't have a Whole Foods around me, but I will gladly shop at your stores when I visit Nashville or any other place that has a Whole Foods in their town. Please continue to speak you mind... I don't have to agree with every liberal to allow them to speak their mind, why shouldn't you be afforded the same freedom?
08/29/2009 8:30:30 AM CDT
momustgo says ...
Great job John another right wing wacko puts a good company down. I used to shop at the mill plain store in Vancouver Wa but you will not get eny more of my hard earned union Democratic dollars. Fire this freak now!!!!
08/29/2009 10:30:19 AM CDT
Cindy H says ...
I support your views Mr. Mackey. I don't know how anyone can think that healthcare is an American right. Thank you for writing such a thoughtful piece. If you had a store in Macomb, MI I would support that too.
08/30/2009 5:34:23 PM CDT
Craig R says ...
We basically go to Whole Foods for vitamins and supplements and agree with you on the health care issue. We agree with your opinion on the health care debacle. We will continue to shop at Whole Foods, especially now.
08/30/2009 10:01:21 PM CDT
Marie C says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I have shopped at Shop-Rite because of convenience. However, in lieu of what has taken place based on your honest comment I have now started shopping at your West Orange store in New Jersey. We need to support freedom of speech in our country. What is happening? When did we lose this right? and why are we allowing this to go on? Your business will increase, not diminish...Any fair American will see it this way. Bravo!!
08/31/2009 4:31:51 PM CDT
Erin Hoffman says ...
It's funny how people like you are quick to condemn "big government" when it doesn't benefit you. Did you drive on a road to get to school? Did you get loans or grants for it? Did you get food as a youngster that was safe and nutritious? Can you go to the doctor and expect safe treatment and the right to recourse should you have a quack for a doctor? I'm sure you did. All these things are the result of liberal government in some way. And yet, now that you're rich, you don't want others to have access to those programs. We wouldn't have decent wages in this country if it were up to republicans or people like John Mackey. They're nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. I thought the boycotting of Whole Foods was a bit harsh for a difference of opinion, but considering you rely on the same close minded scare tactics that the right wing always does, I'm thinking I'll join that boycott. I mean, it's all about individual freedom. Right? I'm freee to boycott a hypocrite and you're free to lose your job.
08/31/2009 4:44:53 PM CDT
Brian Beath says ...
Sir (Mr. Mackey) Just a short note thanking you for standing up for your beliefs. As a citizen we have the right to express our opinions and the Democrate who are trying to demagogue you should be ashamed, but they have none. Don't back down. Sincerely Brian Beath
09/01/2009 1:41:35 PM CDT
skylark says ...
When I heard that there was a move to boycott the Whole Foods Market stores, I looked up the store in Pittsburgh and went the very next day. The store was beautiful. I will, now, return often. Johm Mackey, I agree with your health care proposals.
09/16/2009 8:59:35 PM CDT
Nicole says ...
I am thrilled that you exercised your right to free speech and publicly announced your opinion on the healthcare reform issue. The resulting controversy lead me to research more about Whole Foods, and I learned very unsettling things about its antics (union busting, lying about local farming suppliers, treating your employees poorly, etc.). Now I will exercise MY right to shop anywhere other than Whole Foods. I have represented about $120 per week in sales at your Portland, Maine, store since it opened (and since you killed its competition, Wild Oats). Although this is but a drop in the bucket with regard to the location's total sales, I am pleased to join others in registering my disgust with you and your policies by boycotting Whole Foods. I will be forwarding all of the information I have gathered to my friends and acquaintances and encouraging them to do the same. Never fear, Mr. Mackey. Reading some of the prior posts, I see you have picked up a lot of new customers from the extreme right wing and way out-there Libertarian crowd. It must feel wonderful to rid yourself of pesky liberals (although I heard our dollars are just as green), so do have fun with your like-minded friends. P.S. We have rumors here in Portland that TJ's is coming...can't wait.
09/01/2009 9:17:55 PM CDT
Sandy & Ray Ditirro says ...
We COMPLETELY SUPPORT YOU. What happened to the right to free speech? The next time we are in a city with Whole Foods, we will BUY from you. Way to go. You are an exceptional American and a great role model.
09/01/2009 9:41:41 PM CDT
Phyllis Mitchell says ...
Your stand on healthcare is a refreshing viewpoint and I applaud your having the courage to take a stand. I have shopped at your wonderful stores in the past, but now I will support you by going the extra mile to shop in your stores. We need more business leaders like you. Keep up the good work!
09/01/2009 10:08:26 PM CDT
Gary S. says ...
Go John! As unfortunate as the title change to your Journal article was, for just that reason it has brought the most fortunate health care plan to the forefront of the national discussion. You can build a Whole Foods Store in my part of San Antonio anytime. The new hospital just built nearby might not have been necessary if whole food was more available nearby. Thanks for Whole Foods and thanks for writing your article! (P.S. And thanks for all the gluten free products sold at Whole Foods!)
09/01/2009 10:08:45 PM CDT
Sarah Smith says ...
I agree with Brian whole heatedly. People who react to your sound business ideas and honest public opinion with angry protests are being disrespectful. Freedom of speech is freedom to hear all ideas, and then weigh the merits justly and with fairness and openness in a spirit of respect. Their views have already been heard and are very much in the minority. I'd rather have an open and honest OpEd than uncertainty buried in thousands of pages of beurocracy. Thank you for stepping up and proposing thoughtful and honest options for health care. We all want a better system. But it has to be based on honesty and looking out for the welfare of all. We can still save money and save lives. Not by cutting traditional costs for older people who need care the most, but by changing the way we approach health care - like training and paying doctors to use less expensive, and often as effective, proven alternative cures first before delving into lifelong expensive medicines and more drastic measures. There is positive change that can happen. It's sound ideology that drives good, positive change.
09/01/2009 11:48:33 PM CDT
JoanneVaccarella says ...
God bless you Mr. Mackay for speaking out and preserving and defending our free enterprise system and liberties for non governmental control of our healthcare system which will just create gross tax increases, loss of jobs, and rationing of healthcare, and creating a move towards socialism. I will continue to shop more often at your store and encourage others so also. Keep speaking out, we are defending our country now. May God bless you. Joanne Vaccarella.
09/02/2009 8:52:15 PM CDT
P. D. Holsen says ...
Thank you Mr. Mackey for openly expressing your ideas with boldness. If more folks would stand on their values and be open about their beliefs maybe less people would think that "political correctness" is the ultimate in intelligent thinking. You would think that in our wonderful country our President and legislators would want lots of ideas BEFORE they consider any type of reform, whether it be targeting the healthcare delivery process or any process which our citizens depend on. The healthcare reform currently being proposed by the President and many others is ill conceived, damaging to our hard won freedoms and surely dangerous to our long term health. We must stop this train before it derails us all. Because of my respect for folks like you, I will be coming to your store in Milwaukee this Friday to purchase my groceries. I have never come to your store before. I will be happy to support you and any other patriotic individual who dares to stand up and defend our actual rights, such as free speech. Please build a store in Waukesha. If you build it, we will come!
09/03/2009 1:41:20 PM CDT

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