Saturday, 1 November 2008

This, that - and none of the other.

Ben and I strolled downtown today for the Farmers’ Market, augmented for one day by many wholistic and organic booths.

On a lovely sunny morning it was great amble around. There were many odd booths with this, that and the other solutions for this, that and the other health and diet issues.

I remained aloof - smug in my knowledge that a diet with many vegetables, fruits, beans and grains - together with daily exercise is far superior to “quack” solutions. But I did buy some good scallions!

Later I motored up to “Sam’s Club” - a division of Wal-Mart, to get some of their “Fair Trade” coffee.

The place was mobbed. “What recession?” I wondered.

There were many food samples “for free”, and I came to understand that many folks go to “Sam’s” each Saturday to eat their “free lunch”.

A quick chat with three of the clerks confirmed my hunch.

I am not a great fan of “Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club”, but the prices are right. And Sam’s Club is one of the few places at which I can purchase “Fair Trade” coffee.

I noted also that “Sam’s” is not a bad place for local small businesses to purchase in bulk, for re-sale in their wee corner stores and cafes.

So capitalism works for the common good in the “Sam’s Clubs”; “B.J’s” and “Costco’s” of the United States, and other nations.

Surely it works better than the State socialism which is spending millions of dollars to “bail out” our feckless banks and insurance companies.

Which leads me to conclude that Republican policies are essentially more “socialistic” than are the policies of the Democratic party.


I sent a letter to the Sarasota “Herald-Tribune” after Senator Obama’s rally last Thursday.

It was published today.

Sarasota police were a positive presence at rally

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1:00 a.m. .

Kudos to members of the Sarasota Police Department for the good-natured and professional way in which they served members of the public who attended Thursday’s rally for Senator Obama.

Our community gives thanks to these men and women who served us so well today.

J. Michael Povey

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