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
To The Daily Sun,
This is a response to Gabe Varney, about to be a senior at Prospect Mountain high school In Alton.
First, I want to praise Gabe for giving thought to his future. Considering a college education is a major commitment, not only of time and effort, but college is a major financial commitment that has great potential to both help or hurt financially in the future. Going to college is surely a commitment that needs the greatest thought and consideration by you and your family.
The risks and benefits of attending college are as high as they have ever been in history. The number of people defaulting on college loans is at record numbers. The total amount owed on student loans is the highest ever, reaching well over a trillion dollars. More than charged on every credit card in America. The average debt students graduate with is at a record number. A college major must be chosen wisely that matches today's job market.
Even worse, the person who does not finish college (and tens of millions don't) will be forced to accept a very modest wage enduring a harsh burden for years paying the borrowed money back. That could delay future marriage plans or buying a home. You indeed do have a big bridge to cross over the next year, so it is good you are thinking today.
As for the cost of college and politicians voting or not voting to fund grants, subsidies, handouts or what ever you see as reducing the cost of college, I want you to expand your horizon and critical thinking skills. You seem to have concluded politicians taking money from others to hand to you is good. I want you to be sure you understand that hurts someone else.
As you were taught in school, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Money isn't just plucked off some tree to give to you. Someone had to earn it, then have it taken from them through higher taxation. Giving you money someone else worked hard for is really in the end welfare. Politicians love to call welfare any thing but welfare, but that is exactly what it is. A grant or subsidy is, in the end, welfare.
You seem frustrated politicians won't vote you welfare as if you were entitled to it. I cannot think of anything any worse for any young person to have than than an entitlement attitude. That thinking will not help you get where you want in life, trust me on that. I want you to be the best success you can be. The better attitude is to be certain you can overcome any obstacle life puts in front of you through logic, hard work, imagination and creativity.
Here is your summer assignment. I ask you, Gabe, why is it that after every state and the federal government has given out (at taxpayers' expense) more subsidies, grants, loans and aid of every kind imaginable — in ever increasing amounts over the past 50 years, reaching amounts in the hundreds of billions — college and university costs are the highest today in history, with kids graduating with the greatest financial burdens in history?
There is not one shred of evidence handing you money, that you hand to the college reduces the cost of college for you or anyone else. It is a fact. Your research will lead you to discover, as I have, handouts to students from the state and government have only served to be gasoline on the justification for colleges to keep increasing their tuition costs. Colleges have been increasing tuition costs faster than inflation for 30 years straight. The student going off to college with money bags tied to them by the state and government have been seen by colleges as nothing more than walking gold mines to be harvested with higher tuition costs and zero reason to improve their productivity or cut costs to make your tuition less. Most colleges are highly inefficient bureaucracies, paying exorbitant wages to unionized professors determined to keep college costs skyrocketing and productivity low. The history of horrific and unjustified increases in the cost of college cannot be denies by anyone. It is Just one more place where union labor drives costs to the moon for all others, including you. Putting a saddle bag on you stuffed with money only keeps their higher tuition game going.
I hope I have expanded your thought process.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
For the last several years I have enjoyed coaching soccer to young kids. The parents of these kids typically outfit their child to look like a miniature version of a professional soccer player, practice with them at home and bring them to each practice and game. What really warms my heart though is when the children's "entourage" comes to cheer them on. The wild cheering is unconditionally positive and occurs regardless of their abilities. Armed with lawn chairs; the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are screaming encouraging words to support these little athletes. Although I adore these kids, they probably aren't the kids I'm writing about today.
Today I am writing about children who desperately need someone to get to know them and look out for their best interests. I am writing about the kids I probably won't get to meet on the soccer field with a slew of doting adults supporting them. The kids I am writing about today are the victims of abuse and neglect. These kids' parents might have had the really good intentions to sign them up for soccer and had the money set aside for registration (along with the car payment and money for groceries) but they used this money instead to go on a bender to numb some of their own pain. Maybe Mom really loves her three young kids so she leaves the 6-year-old in charge of the younger two so they won't see her go to her friend's house to shoot up. Perhaps Dad loses his temper a lot and is ashamed that this recently lead to him beating his child and he really wants to stop but in the meantime he can't risk his child exposing this dirty little secret to the soccer coach. These are the kids that I am trying to find volunteers for; caring adults who will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.
North Country Training & Recruitment Coordinator
CASA of New Hampshire
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:08