Letters to the Editor

Smile valued

August 21, 2012


To the editor:

Nobody is more tickled than I am to be walking again to the Mass St. Dillons for a gallon of milk. Why, this is the biggest thing to actually happen to me, personally, since, well, since they tore the old Dillons down.

But Facebook isn’t my friend, and neither is Dillons, nor the woman I bought sweet corn from at the Farmers Market. And whatever the court says, businesses are not persons, whether they incorporate human purposes, such as greed or service, into their business model or not.

I will be paying for my share of the new Dillons — and if all goes according to its plan, a little bit more — at a penny a gallon of milk for the rest of my life.

So when I said “thank you” for the free hot dog at the neighborhood street party, it was not for the meat and the bun or your labor or the ingenuity of your bosses who organized the convenience of Dillons. That will all be paid for out of what you and everyone else have paid me in exchange for the goods and services I helped provide for you and everyone else.

That’s how we do things in America, and, frankly, in China. It can work if money cycles fairly through the system and doesn’t pool at the top.

The “thank you” is for your genuine smile. In our constant enterprise, we forget it’s our humanity we can share freely.


Ragingbear 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree.. WTF is this person talking about?

weeslicket 5 years, 8 months ago

wow!! in way late on this again!

read the hard copy of this lte. came online to comment. quite surprised at the confusion. (silly readers)*

excellent lte. great story-telling.
completely correct in its details.
this is how a person really lives their life. excellent narrative and argument.

(it's like camus's "the stranger" goes grocery shopping at the new mass st. dillons) (perhaps we are following "the david ignatius rule"; or the "trudy rubin rule"; on this thread.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree-- the meaning was quite clear, and well expressed.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree. I do think she's too hard on the many people who made this happen. It isn't just corporations - the people behind the corporations, everyone did their share to insure that Dillon's would make the new store excellent.

So these people deserve some praise, not scorn.

But her approach is also valid. Weeslicket is right on with what he or she means to say. It is the smile that counts.

But behind that smile, people need to be complimented for all the work they have done.

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