Reader unhappy with local grocery choices

Recently, I went grocery shopping to Meijer store on Allison Lane. One of the purchases that I wanted was Breakstone low fat cottage cheese. When I finally found someone to help me, it was not on the shelf, I was told not that they may not carry it, but the person assisting me was not sure. This is a major brand. The second thing I needed was a watch battery, but was unsure of the size. Again I found someone who called another person that never showed up. This is my experience with Meijer over the past year. It used to be pretty good, however, it has dropped to the point I almost hate to go there. Then some of the things I need Kroger does not have either and if you need assistance to ask a question finding someone is practically non-existent unless you go back to the service desk. This requires extra time and for many an added effort. It is easier to do without.

In July, I was in Wilmington, N.C., on vacation. My daughter and I went shopping at Harris-Teeter store which is the main chain there. When I compare the shopping there and here it made me feel as though my home town stores are close to Third World conditions.

Wilmington is a larger city, approximately 75,000 people while Jeffersonville is almost 30,000, but we are in close proximity of Clarksville and New Albany which should give us at least one modern up-to-date grocery store. I would like to see that store in Jeffersonville which would attract customers from the other districts. I guess I will continue to shop at our less-than-satisfactory stores and wait for Clarksville or New Albany to offer us a really modern shopping experience.

— Sharon Salinas, Jeffersonville

Reader shares Iran news with all

Writing in The Evening News on July 30, 2006, in an article titled “Bury hope of peace in Mideast,” columnist Stephen Dick attributed the violence in the Middle East to “Bush’s unilateralism, go-it-alone, cowboy policies.” Tim McDonald wrote on Aug. 2 in an article titled “Arab nations must unite” that it was in everyone’s interest to resolve this peacefully.

The Middle East Media Research Institute said about a rally broadcast on Iranian TV on Aug. 1 that the audience chanted “Death to Israel” and Iranian President Ahmadinejad said: “They have no boundaries, limits, or taboos when it comes to killing human being. Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians. Next to them, all the criminals of the world seem righteous.”

“We ask you: Who lived on the land of America 250 or 300 years ago? Don’t the rulers of America today rule because of the massacre of the Native Americans? If we accept the principle that anybody whose forefathers ever lived on any land 2,000 or 3,000 years ago should rule today, then America should be ruled by the Native Americans who are there today.” The audience chanted “Death to America.”

The glue, “point of commonality,” that unites the Middle East was hate of Israel, anti-Semitism, and America, “the Great Satan,” long before 9/11. Hezbollah is supplied with rockets by Iran and Syria. Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

— Jim Young, Jeffersonville

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