Sysco merger not in customers’ interests
I just read the March 4 article [“FTC misunderstands elements of Sysco-US Foods merger”] by Bill Cartier, president of Sysco. He should manage the Democratic presidential campaign.
Turning Sysco into a major U.S. monopoly would not, as he states, bring lower food prices and definitely not provide better service. Worker morale in a closed market is many times very low with high turnover.
Any high school student learns that a monopoly can control not only the purchaser but the seller, too. Restaurants, hospitals, schools and nursing homes need the lowest prices they can get to operate. Who is going to bid against the monopoly? They can influence the seller on who it sells to; it can dictate purchasing prices.
Sadly, it has happened in the past — keeping other companies from buying a product. A salesman for a monopoly is at the mercy of management. They can cut his income or increase sales pressure with the policy of “like it or leave.”
Another area that can be affected is the product line offered. The monopoly no longer has to worry about how popular an item may be, but just how much profit is being made. Just a quick example: Another company sells a lemon pie that customers love. The pie wholesales slightly higher than another company’s lemon pie that is not as well-liked. Guess what pie the monopoly would sell?
I don’t see any advantage to the public, but the stockholders and top management sure would profit from a merger.
In closing, I would like to mention also that every year, US Foods provides an honor dinner for all area venders. Sysco, I am sure, would end this dinner.
Douglas A. Sargent
City acted fast to get snowy sidewalks clear
Regarding snow removal from sidewalks, I understand it was a tough winter due to repeated snows and prolonged below-freezing temperatures.
However, some sidewalks on Eastern Avenue remained untouched for several weeks, thus, forcing folks to walk on the road. These people included elementary schoolchildren from Elmer Avenue School, parents with baby strollers, senior citizens and shoppers from stores around McClellan Street and Eastern Parkway.
A rather clear safety risk, I thought. I called and left a voice mail to Kevin Regan, the city nuisance officer, and contacted the mayor’s office at City Hall, whereupon Megan Heins sent an email to Bill Macejka of the Office of General Services. The very next day, Mr. Regan inspected the sidewalks on Eastern and issued nine citations to the property owners.
I thank the city employees for the prompt response, and I hope the cited owners take care of the dangers they helped create by removing the snow well before the 10 days they have to comply.
Perhaps, the City Council would consider changing the code for this issue to three days instead of 10 days.
People deserve more from Secret Service
The American people deserve better than our what our Secret Service is giving us. The people in the United States would like to be proud of our Secret Service. There is no place in the Secret Service for agents who embarrass our country.
We as citizens are only asking for what we rightfully deserve.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
Iran letter just a step away from treason
Regarding the letter to Iran, I see 47 trained monkeys on leashes, following behind someone powerful enough to require their loyalty to a foreign leader over the president of the United States of America — all this while they question how much someone else loves America.
While not quite treason, this is close enough to notice it is only a single step away. Thomas Jefferson said that every generation needs a new revolution. Fortunately, revolutions now can occur peacefully at the ballot — 2016 is the time for revolutionary change at the polls. I believe we are ready for it.
But first, who is the puppetmaster pulling the strings of 47 out of 100 United States senators, turning their loyalty away from America and toward the leader of a foreign country, in a way that verges on treason?
Don Weeks provided wholesome radio
Like many Capital District children of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, I enjoyed the daily content of Don Weeks’ radio program as my family and I prepared ourselves to start the day.
My sister and I were fortunate to have parents who tuned in to 81-WGY. For every morning of our formative years, the wholesome content, occasional conservative song, appropriate news and positive vibe ran in the background.
Our parents modeled hard work, meaningful play, community connection and commitment to charity. This was all mirrored by Don’s program. We just thought this was what life was and everyone lived like this.
I am a proponent of free speech, but am appalled at what some parents allow their children to listen to in today’s environment. If there were more avenues for the type of content Don Weeks provided, it would help create a better society.
Thank you, Don, for helping so many families. You will be missed.
In memorandum, as a child living his entire childhood in snow-deprived Rotterdam, I would like to paraphrase my favorite words of all time; “Ichabod Crane Central, CLOSED, Chatham, Central CLOSED, Fort Plain Central, (Hi Fort Plain) CLOSED, Mohonasen Central, CLOSED. Life is good.”
End influence of big money in campaigns
Dear Mr. President: You recently reiterated your support for a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United. In the meantime, there is something very concrete that you can do as president to alleviate one aspect of big money corrupting our elections.
Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers responsible for awarding those contracts.
You can and should sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
Companies like Lockheed Martin, Verizon and even subsidiaries of Koch Industries are awash in taxpayer money they receive from federal contracts. As you can imagine, the amount of money being spent to influence our elections by all the huge corporations that receive these contracts is staggering.
Mr. President, you have the authority to fight money-in-politics corruption and shine some much-needed light on this spending simply with the stroke of a pen.
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