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We had a piece last week about a list of the nation's supposed favorite supermarkets, which led MNB user Lisa Malmarowski to write:

And quietly, food cooperatives continue to open amid much fan fare in their local communities. But alas, since they are not a multi-national business enterprise, they never make these lists.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not crying foul here or poor little us, it's just, like any survey, so slanted. 

Just opened our 4th store location in greater Milwaukee and we're surpassing our sales projections by 50%. Our opening days were so busy we had to direct traffic. The local community was so excited. I watched 2 women come in to shop together, stop, look around and squeal then hug each other and say, "Oh my god THIS IS SO EXCITING!".

This is going on across our country, quietly - stores that are owned by the community, keeping money and jobs local. This is the story that seldom gets talked about. And people are really, really excited about it.

Well, we're talking about it here. I just wish I had a food cooperative somewhere near me where I could shop.

Responding to our story about Walmart's Made-in-America efforts, MNB reader Bob Vereen wrote:

At this year's National Hardware Show, held in early May in Las Vegas, a section was devoted to Made in America and was very active.   It is the second or third time such a section has been created, and it was much bigger and more active this year.

And, I think, it will continue to grow and thrive.

I wanted to circle back on a note that I got from a reader about our story saying that Portland, Oregon, was divesting itself of Walmart stock as a way of protesting the company's labor and business ethics:

Portland holds Walmart bonds – not stocks. And their bond rating (Morningstar 05/19/14) is AA – hardly “junk”.

The investment decisions are made by the government of Portland and this decision reflects the opinions of its commissioners – not necessarily its citizens. That may or not be the case and I certainly don’t know – but I’m just sayin’…

Fair points.

Finally, one reader wrote in about our reference last week to a story about The Shawshank Redemption, saying that movie's enduring popularity speaks to the changing economics of the movie industry…

Great article about an awesome movie!!

You should do a top five movie poll amongst your readers….I will start:

The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with an honorable mention to Big Night.

If folks want to weigh in on their five favorite movies in the same way that they weighed in on their favorite hamburger joints, I'm happy to facilitate that conversation. (Though we need to be clear if we're discussing "favorite movies" or "best movies.," which can be very different. I'm guessing from your list that we're talking "favorites"…)
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