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Got another email from an MNB reader about Instacart:

We use Instacart for my 93 year old mother and it has proved very effective and customer friendly, unlike the experiences we had with other chain specific services. 

She can’t get out and the service is far less expensive than paying someone to come in and take her to the store.  This removes one hurdle from being 5hrs plus hrs away.

If the retailers are having issues with Instacart and services like them, then maybe they should have done something about it years ago instead of crying in their soup now.  I say kudos to Instacart and keep up the great job!

I want to repeat what I think is the most important sentence of your email:

If the retailers are having issues with Instacart and services like them, then maybe they should have done something about it years ago instead of crying in their soup now. 

Exactly.


And, responding to our mention yesterday of "The Honeymooners," one MNB reader wrote:

Dang, what great comedy Gleason and Carney had in this scene in The Honeymooners. The “Great One”, Jackie Gleason was a perfect personification of what a great comedian was.  The comedy of today cannot match the simplicity of comedy in the 1950’s. I will be spending time this week watching episodes of the Honeymooners. Keep us laughing Kevin.

I agree that much of "The Honeymooners" is timeless … but it also is important to remember that a good deal of the humor was built around the threat of spousal abuse.  Which isn't funny now.

I'm not saying that we should hold "The Honeymooners" to modern standards of what is acceptable, but I do think that we at least have to be willing to acknowledge the moral flaws of the past.