To The Daily Sun
Before my retirement and subsequent move to New Hampshire, I spent my entire professional life in the field of broadcasting. It started with two advanced degrees with majors in broadcasting, and minors in journalism. Out in the real world, it involved nearly the full broadcast gamut, ranging from radio announcing and TV production, to 27 years working in the industry in New York City — the last 15 with one of the three major TV networks.
During all of those years, I was proud to be a part of this dynamic industry. I was doubly proud of the manner in which all of the major networks handled the coverage of news. Unlike today, there was no shying away from certain news events that weren't politically correct. For the most part, they reported everything, regardless of who or what was involved. In fact, surveys of the public at that time revealed that television was the most respected of all the media. Not so today.
I must say that if I had my life to live over, I would never choose the mainstream media as a goal to work toward. News bias is so prevalent, and so apparent to the thinking person, it angers me to no end. There has been such an influx of money going to broadcast and journalism schools by socialists, like progressive billionaire George Soros, that the industry will never be the same. He, in particular, is bent on fostering hardcore left-wing agendas, and infecting young students' minds with un-American ideologies. He has more than once been branded as the most evil man in America.
There are cable outlets, however, where it is possible to piece together what is really happening. Unfortunately, at the rate our nation is declining, it is quite possible that these channels will disappear over time. As I read many of the letters addressed to the editor of this fine paper, I find it relatively easy to sort the writers into two groups — those who watch only the three major networks, and those who go beyond the networks, and try to ferret out the real truth.
It is not my intent, in this letter, to sway readers to the right or to the left. It is my intent to try and foster an understanding of what is really happening within the news departments of the major networks. It is very obvious that each network now has a list of topics that are completely off limits. Other topics they'll cover, but so fleetingly, that the viewer is left with very little or no real understanding.
The Big 3 (ABC, CBS, NBC) are now a complete abomination, a far cry from just a few years back.
It is fine to have an opinion, but it's not fine to form that opinion based on half the facts. I feel that in my lifetime I have personally experienced the best and the worst in national news coverage. Whether a person is conservative or liberal, it matters not. My advice is to go deeper than the Big 3. Each person should get out of his comfort zone and start experiencing the real world, even though he might not like what he discovers.
"I've been there and done that," so I don't intend to revisit this topic again.
John R. Thayer
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
I have never seen a help-wanted ad for Market Basket in Tilton since they opened their doors. Sometimes the less said the better. This is one of those times.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
I wish to take the time to respond to Ron Brooks letter of July 26.
Some of what he said has merit, no doubt, to him and some others. Those who can't afford to protest are definitely impacted by these protests and store closings. Hopefully they can subsist on their savings, or partner's income. But if they unable to, then perhaps find temporary employment to help with the bills and food costs.
Absolutely, the CEOs and owners of companies have the right to run their companies however they see fit. That's why good CEOs and owners flourish, and bad ones become the targets of protest and change.
I also agree with friends that perhaps the food on the shelves and/or on the trucks sitting on loading docks could have been donated, but there may be rules and regulations prohibiting that.
Now this being said, stop whining Mr. Brooks. I'm sure that somewhere in the radius of your home and the Tilton Market Basket you go by another grocery store. I am also sure that if Market Basket closed its doors forever, you'd be able to find a way to procure food and necessities for your home.
This isn't going to continue forever. It's temporary. Get over it.
For too long We The People have rolled over and played dead in this country. I am quite glad to see that some people are sick of being lemmings and are finally taking a stand for what they believe in for a change. This is how we formed our great country. We didn't lie down and let others treat us badly, and neither are these employees. In order to make changes you need to stand up for yourself.
If you have access to the Internet and have read many of the letters that are on Facebook by the managers and employees of Market Basket I'm sure you'd probably change your tune a bit, or maybe not. Maybe you just don't like not getting your way. In any event, it's happening and you have a right to your opinion. Others have the same rights to theirs.
I hope you are able to find a new store to purchase your needs as you no longer want to support Market Basket. Sometimes it's time to take a stand, and I for one am very proud of people finally standing up for their beliefs and their right to be treated well.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Irma Robinson and I shopped at Market Basket until we were informed that eight executives were fired while at home via messenger on a Sunday evening.
As the story unfolded we made the decision to not shop at Market basket until the ousted CEO and others were reinstated. Evidently tens of thousands have made the same decision. As customers, you see, we are able to think for ourselves.
Those who believe that the employees should blindly obey and follow those who are leading the company down a path of ruin, grossly underestimated the resolve of a vast majority of the employees, and consequently dismissed the will of the customers, simply do not understand what is at stake.
I spent about an hour and a half in Tilton and couldn't believe the peaceful protest. We saw many people, both employees (off the clock) and neighbors, etc. There were workers inside. If you needed to shop, they were there to help. However, since nobody needs to think for the thousands of customers who choose not to shop at Market Basket because of the appalling behavior of the board of directors, you tell me who is not doing their job.
It appears to me that the only people not doing their job are the ones who are losing the company millions, can't provide hours to employees based on their bad business practices and simply refuse to acknowledge that the customers want what they want.
Has anyone checked into the track record of these new co-CEOs? In other words they are not fit to lead. Reinstate Arthur T. and any and all employees who were fired for speaking out to preserve jobs for their employees and to keep the business model which has earned Market Basket billions in revenue. This isn't an employee action. This is a community action.
Thank you Market Basket employees for showing us the true meaning of solidarity.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:32
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