To The Daily Sun,
I wish to take the time to respond to Ron Brooks letter of July 26.
Some of what he said has merit, no doubt, to him and some others. Those who can't afford to protest are definitely impacted by these protests and store closings. Hopefully they can subsist on their savings, or partner's income. But if they unable to, then perhaps find temporary employment to help with the bills and food costs.
Absolutely, the CEOs and owners of companies have the right to run their companies however they see fit. That's why good CEOs and owners flourish, and bad ones become the targets of protest and change.
I also agree with friends that perhaps the food on the shelves and/or on the trucks sitting on loading docks could have been donated, but there may be rules and regulations prohibiting that.
Now this being said, stop whining Mr. Brooks. I'm sure that somewhere in the radius of your home and the Tilton Market Basket you go by another grocery store. I am also sure that if Market Basket closed its doors forever, you'd be able to find a way to procure food and necessities for your home.
This isn't going to continue forever. It's temporary. Get over it.
For too long We The People have rolled over and played dead in this country. I am quite glad to see that some people are sick of being lemmings and are finally taking a stand for what they believe in for a change. This is how we formed our great country. We didn't lie down and let others treat us badly, and neither are these employees. In order to make changes you need to stand up for yourself.
If you have access to the Internet and have read many of the letters that are on Facebook by the managers and employees of Market Basket I'm sure you'd probably change your tune a bit, or maybe not. Maybe you just don't like not getting your way. In any event, it's happening and you have a right to your opinion. Others have the same rights to theirs.
I hope you are able to find a new store to purchase your needs as you no longer want to support Market Basket. Sometimes it's time to take a stand, and I for one am very proud of people finally standing up for their beliefs and their right to be treated well.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Irma Robinson and I shopped at Market Basket until we were informed that eight executives were fired while at home via messenger on a Sunday evening.
As the story unfolded we made the decision to not shop at Market basket until the ousted CEO and others were reinstated. Evidently tens of thousands have made the same decision. As customers, you see, we are able to think for ourselves.
Those who believe that the employees should blindly obey and follow those who are leading the company down a path of ruin, grossly underestimated the resolve of a vast majority of the employees, and consequently dismissed the will of the customers, simply do not understand what is at stake.
I spent about an hour and a half in Tilton and couldn't believe the peaceful protest. We saw many people, both employees (off the clock) and neighbors, etc. There were workers inside. If you needed to shop, they were there to help. However, since nobody needs to think for the thousands of customers who choose not to shop at Market Basket because of the appalling behavior of the board of directors, you tell me who is not doing their job.
It appears to me that the only people not doing their job are the ones who are losing the company millions, can't provide hours to employees based on their bad business practices and simply refuse to acknowledge that the customers want what they want.
Has anyone checked into the track record of these new co-CEOs? In other words they are not fit to lead. Reinstate Arthur T. and any and all employees who were fired for speaking out to preserve jobs for their employees and to keep the business model which has earned Market Basket billions in revenue. This isn't an employee action. This is a community action.
Thank you Market Basket employees for showing us the true meaning of solidarity.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Ron Brooks letter published on Saturday, July 26, regarding "Market Basket manager is not doing the job he is being paid to do."
It is apparent from Mr. Brooks letter that he probably has never worked for a family-owned company. It is also apparent that he has forgotten that we live in America where we do have certain "unalienable rights to free speech and protests." Through the years our elected 'leaders" have been somewhat successful in convincing many people that those rights are limited, and that we should be followers and not leaders, completely contrary to the ideals our forefathers established for us.
The Market Basket sudden crisis is the result of a family feud that has instantly affected thousands of people, both employees and customers. The growth and success of the company under Arthur T's leadership can not be disputed. Mr. Brooks states that "employees have nothing at stake" and gives the impression that they really should be "robots" without any say or ideas that might help the company. The Market Basket philosophy which has apparently been very successful, through the years of growth, has been to hire employees from all walks of life and to particularly give young people an opportunity to learn and be responsible employees.
The dynamics of the quick move to replace Arthur T. is interesting in that he was replaced with two co-CEOs which probably pleased him that the board had to replace him with two people. Also interesting is the fact that co-CEO Felicia Thornton, a former vice president of the Albertson's grocery store chain (which recently closed quite a few stores in the South) and James Gooch, a former CEO of Radio Shack (no apparent supermarket experience) were hired to run the company.
As faithful Market Basket customers in Tilton, we will return when this issue is resolved.
It is discouraging to now be paying more for groceries at Hannaford (owned by an international grocery conglomerate in Belgium) and Shaw's (owned by Cyberus Capital Management, a New York-based private equity company).
The Tilton store manager has the right to do what he believes is best for his employees and customers. He has 25 plus years successfully working for the company, not as a "robot" but as a dedicated employee whose dedication and ideas have helped the company achieve its success.
The present Board of Directors would be wise to accept Arthur T's offer to purchase the company and they can then take their money and disappear. Market Basket needs to reopen ASAP and return to the business of serving its customers.
Don McLelland Sr.
Merlyn M. McLelland
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
People devote their lives, many in dangerous positions, for our freedom and so that we have an efficient and effective government. The least we can do is to become informed voters and support truthful candidates. We know that distortion, deception, and lies have become standard fare throughout all levels of politics from the top down. The ability to readily lie has become a great political asset to many. We need to address this issue locally and that means starting at the bottom with candidates for county commission, other county offices, and our state Legislature.
It is apparent that a lie told often enough starts to become the truth to many who hear it over and over. After all, "They wouldn't say it (or print it) if it weren't true." But, sadly, they would, and they do because it is effective.
When it becomes clear that lies are effective in getting votes, it often pushes those involved over the edge and the lies become malicious and damaging to the targets of those lies. This misbehavior should not be tolerated in any political arena. Good candidates, informed voters and a good turnout on election day are the key to good government.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:25
To The Daily Sun,
I am a former Market Basket customer. I say former because I can't see that I'm going back. Any sympathy I had for the current employee actions is rapidly evaporating. Companies pay employees to do jobs. The arrangement is that if they pay you, you do the job. If you do the job, they pay you. If the employer stops paying you what's agreed, you stop working. If you stop working, they quit paying you. Agreeing with your boss is nice if it works out that way, but it's not part of the deal. This is news to somebody?
The owners, the CEO, the board of directors have the right and obligation to run Market Basket — any company — the way they best see. They are the ones out there. They are taking all the risks. Employees have little or nothing at risk. They have nothing at stake if bills aren't paid, profits made, and reputations kept.
Owners have the responsibility of making payments — wages, insurance, energy costs, property tax, vendors, suppliers, and a thousand other things — that nobody except the principals involved are even aware of. And after that, hopefully a profit.
Arthur T. may be the "good guy" in this. I don't know and it doesn't matter. Even if he is, workers still don't have the right to tell the board of directors what to do and how a company is going to be run. I don't know that Arthur T. has done anything to encourage all of this, but I'm not seeing that he's done anything to discourage it either.
I'm tired, too, of my state senators, representatives, and other politicians involving themselves in this. Not your business. Not your job — other than as a personal opinion, as an individual, such as I'm offering here.
I don't know the manager in Tilton. I don't have any ill will or wish him bad. But reading his actions and quotes, he wouldn't work for me. He knows the company is losing millions of dollars and probably thousands of customers, and what he wants, evidently, makes none of that matter. It would be a huge disappointment and mistake if the board of directors caves and he keeps his job. But I think that both those things are possible, and that's why I'm pretty sure I'm not going back.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:45