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More on Starbucks

  • Subject: [cg] More on Starbucks
  • From: Walter Romanowski <walter_francis@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 21:17:23 -0700 (PDT)

I've now read references to 'social justice' about
three or four times in about a 24 hour period on this
listserve.  Could somebody please provide a
comprehensive, non-PC definition of this for me?  I'm
sorry to say that the use of this term seems to have
socialist underpinnings, so please prove my fears

How is it that Starbucks is so bad for growing their
business?  The smaller shops need to find a way to
survive through creative offerings or they will not
have customers,  and they will eventually be forced to
change or close.  The people who frequent Starbucks do
so out of their own choice - I've never seen anyone
pressured in any way to chose Starbucks over the
single-shop privately owned stores.  If Starbucks gets
their coffee so much cheaper than the so-called little
guys, why is it that the price differences between the
two are about non-existant or in some cases Starbucks
is actually more expensive.  When we're spending our
$3.55 for a med. frap at Starbucks, another dime or so
really doesn't matter.  I would frequent my own local
shop if they were open at 5:00AM when I leave for work
in the morning, but unfortunately they are not and
Starbucks is.  Its a choice, not a conspiracy.  
I'm sure Adam can attest to the fact that in some
cases unionization is a good thing and in others it is
a detriment.  I've seen both sides of unions and they
have helped a good number of people, but they also
have hindered growth of individuals and of businesses.

Funny thing, if we are in Iraq for the oil, explain to
me how it is that the price of oil now is higher than
it was a year ago?  What about the environmental
problems in that country under Hussein that are not
being reported?  Won't our American technology allow
them to develop with less pollution?  I would say
without a doubt, yes!  Under a democratic system, when
finally established over there, people will be free to
start-up community gardens without the threat of
horrible consequences.  Then Starbucks will open and
give the gardeners free coffee grounds for the compost

Walter Romanowski
La Mirada, CA

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