More on Bernie Marcus
“As a proud associate of The Home Depot, I take great exception to Eric Ziedrich’s comments (in the Readers Response area) regarding Bernie Marcus. (Marcus contribution, alternative view, Feb. 10)
“No one believes that Bernie is God, but he is, and was, a true visionary. He understood what the people wanted and needed, and provided it for them.
“The Home Depot might have contributed to ‘the demise of scores of mom-and-pop shops,’ but I wonder how the general consumer feels (and felt) about one-stop shopping at reduced prices?
“And, I also wonder how the 1000s of associates and believers (in Bernie’s vision) feel about becoming significantly more wealthy because of Bernie and Arthur and Pat and Ken and Ron, etc.
“And, as for Bernie being praised for his generosity — there is no irony here. Bernie has always preached ‘Giving back,’ always preached ‘Take care of each other,’ and always preached ‘Respect for all.’ But Bernie didn’t just preach it — he lived it and (obviously) he still does.”
— Bill Henn
Home Depot associate
The $25 billion question
(Letters responding to an article titled “Banks agree to a $25 billion settlement.”)
“Let’s see: The government demands that banks make questionable loans to people who did not have to prove cash flow or even a job. The customer can’t pay it back, surprise, so our benevolent government comes to the rescue. So they have created a bad guy, banks, a good guy, government, and another dependent class, homeowner.”
— Paul Gabbard
“Is any of this money available to people who have already lost their homes and savings? How about helping them?!”
— Cal Brewer
Menards and “Made in the USA”
“I was very glad to see that you took the time to produce a feature focused on products made in the USA, but failed to give any recognition to a company that is the definition of what America is all about. Menards has always been privately owned and is ba