Published on: January 31, 2013
I'm on the road, so just a couple of quick ones this morning...
Regarding the Supervalu bonus/golden parachute fiasco, one MNB user wrote:As you talk about Wayne Sales golden parachute, what no one has done yet and if they do it would be startling…….follow this retail entity backwards to the American Stores days. If I recall, Vic Lund walked away with tens of millions when he sold the original ASC to Albertsons. When Albertson’s sold to Supervalu and Cerberus, Larry Johnston parachuted out also, with tens of millions, and of course now Craig Herkert and Wayne Sales have also siphoned off millions off of the failing enterprise. It is really eye opening to look at it in this historical sequence.
And as I said yesterday, it is not just shareholders and employees who should be looking at all this askance. Supervalu's independent retail customers should be looking at the whole mishegas
and be asking if any of these transactions has made Supervalu more responsive to their needs, and if the money spent on high-priced talent could have been better put to work lowering the cost of goods or improving services.
And on the subject of guns, which has been taking up a lot of space here this week, one MNB user wrote:Ignorance. I don't say that to be demeaning. I says this for a lack of a better word. Just to clear a couple of things up with you and some of your readers that commented on this subject and I just cannot believe the level of ignorance on this topic.
One of your readers claimed to be a conceal carry holder and a strong supporter of the second amendment (which I have a hard time believing) but then commented on the need for anyone to own an automatic weapon which by the way are outlawed and have been for a long time.
This is the main problem; most people do not even understand what they are in favor of outlawing! How about educating yourselves before becoming such experts. You thought that going by by the way of Wyatt Earp is going to solve anything when it really didn't work then and it surely doesn't work in present day Chicago. All you do is turn good people into sheep for the wolves to prey in. Quit basing your opinions on the movies... Everybody.
I do not fault the reaction by Kroger on them because they are only reacting to how their customers reacted and oh by the way the customers either overreacted of they were just making a political statement themselves. "How dare you" and so on. They knew perfectly well that this guy was not posing any aggressive intentions. It can't be the weapon itself that they were so afraid of right. I don't see people running for their lives when an armed police officer walks though the door. Don't get me wrong, I do not support what this guy was did but it does highlight the sheer ignorance or at least the distinct political lines that have been drawn. I'd like to ask that last officer who thinks people love their guns and rights more than their kids if he had his legally possessed firearm with him while on duty or off duty? Was it because he loved his job, rights or firearm more than his kids? I'm guessing that being able to go home that night to be with his kids was a priority and that's why he carries his firearm. Same here....
I get and respect your point. I'd like to think we can have a meaningful and sophisticated discussion about the culture of violence in the country and come to a reasoned and reasonable understanding about how the availability of guns, the lack of enforcement of existing laws, the problems with the mental health systems, and the heavy doses of violence on movie, TV and computer screens affects us all ... and how we can affect change in each of these four categories. The only people for whom I have little respect are the people who say any of these four subject should be off the table.
I would disagree with you on one point. When that guy walked into the Kroger store armed with a semi-automatic rifle, the customer who scattered and called the police were not making a political statement - and it is both foolish and self-serving to think so. They were scared. I would be, too. So they called the cops.
I'm just glad a firefight didn't break out between some well-meaning and armed private citizen and the guy with the rifle, which could have ended up in the deaths of a lot of people. (By the way, that's going to happen. Just wait. And then the discussion will change yet again.)
Another MNB user wrote:For someone who said they didn't want to start an ongoing dialog regarding guns and gun control, you sure are posting a lot of your own comments and other's emails. Please don't tell us you don't want to do something if you're going to continue to do it.
Except I believe I said I didn't want to have the discussion a back when the Sandy hook massacre took place. I thought I needed to bring up the subject because it was in the news, and that's what I do. Besides, I was a little shaken by the incident because a) it isn't that far from where I live, and b) my wife is an elementary school teacher. But it didn't seem at the time like a subject that we need to hash out here on MNB.
The discussion this week was launched because some idiot with a semi-automatic rifle, a political agenda and questionable judgement walked into a retail store, resulting in the cops being called and the man being banned from the store. It could have been a lot worse.
Seems like a reasonable subject for MNB discussion to me.