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Regarding the pilot program in Washington, DC, that subsidizes taxi rides from poor neighborhoods to places where there are more and better food retailing choices, MNB retailer Steve Rash wrote:

A better approach that the officials in Washington, DC could take would be to subsidize grocery delivery to the residents of low income neighborhoods.  Said another way, bring the groceries to them and not them to the groceries.  It's obvious from the previous failed attempt that the transportation solution doesn't work.  Why?  My guess is that many of these residents are single parents and/or working multiple jobs and simply don't have the time to make the trip, even if it's subsidized.  A Pew Internet survey in June of this year showed that 81% of the population has a smart phone that could easily be used to order better quality groceries.

I’ve written here about the need for retailers and other businesses to start thinking about the same kind of active shooter drills practiced at many schools, especially in the wake of the killing of 22 people at an El Paso Walmart by a man described as a white nationalist domestic terrorist. Which prompted one MNB reader to write:

This article made me think, what are we doing at Shaw's or any other store to prevent a mass shooting? I haven't heard it even mentioned yet, and I think it's something that should be addressed sooner than later…


We also took note yesterday of a Los Angeles Times report that while Walmart has so far resisted calls to stop selling guns in its stores, it is “removing displays of violent video games and movies in its stores.”

Prompting MNB reader Scott S. Dissinger to write:

Interesting take in the article I did not think of – combat videos. Wondering if the entertainment industry has a responsibility to tone down it’s glorification of violence?  They seem quiet on that front.

Actually, Universal Pictures decided not to release a movie called The Hunt that was scheduled to come out this week because of the gun violence apparently portrayed in it. So that’s not a bad thing.

Look, I talked about this in “OffBeat” last Friday - I’m exhausted by movies that engage in gratuitous violence and destruction, and I’ve seen enough movies this summer that did not traffic in such stuff to be feeling like I’m going to avoid the violent stuff for awhile. (Of course, in the interest of honesty, I have to admit that I saw and liked Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, so there may be exceptions.)
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