Got the following email reacting to Michael Sansolo's column yesterday about how his temple has begun offering seminars on a) how to survive a hostage situation, b) how to recognize suspicious or potentially dangerous behavior and c) how to minister to others who might have significant wounds. It is, Michael wrote, a reminder of the degree to which so many institutions - from temples to stores - are vulnerable these days.
This article reminds me back in the early 2000’s our church in Dallas started requiring all children’s care worker to pass a background check, and installed cameras in the kid’s building. Had the same thing happen when we moved to Boise in early 2010’s, where our church did the same thing with background checks and cameras. My wife and I (male) used to help out with the infants (under 2 yrs) and was told at one point some of the mom’s weren’t comfortable with a man watching their baby.
We now live in San Antonio, where our church also requires background checks and has cameras, but we also have 2 police officers on campus during services. And since this is south Texas, it’s my understanding that about 60% of the congregation is packing during any given service. Sad times, but reality.
Good observation from MNBV reader Joe Ciccarelli:
Whenever a retailer says they are going to work jointly with manufacturers to reduce costs the message to manufacturers –“ hold onto your wallets."
Reacting to our piece about Barnes & Noble's resurgence, one MNB reader wrote:
I tried to buy a book at B & N over the Holidays. There was only one of six registers running but there were four employees milling around the help desk. I stood in a line of about 10 customers long. While in line to check out I went onto Amazon on my phone, found the same book for half the price. The convenience of having the book that day was not worth half an hour of my time standing in line. I purchased the book from Amazon and was out of the store in less than 5 minutes. Sorry B & N, but you have to do better. Convenience of product on-hand does not matter if you make it laborious to actually purchase the book.