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Yay for Double-coupon Day

Tricia Childress' article "Check It Out" (April 25) is far from comprehensive, as it does not present a thorough survey of Charlotte area grocers. It also assumes that your all of your readers desire international foods, gourmet seafood items normally found in restaurants, the top grade of beef, and organic produce -- and don't care what rice they have to pay to get them.

Well, it may come as a shock to CL, but there are many folks in Charlotte who have no interest in these items. We just want the basic meat and potatoes diet to feed our families. We would rather have a few pesticides sprayed on our veggies than do without them altogether. We're capable of taking our own groceries to our cars (or even bagging them ourselves), thank you, without paying for concierge-type service. Last, but not least, we want the best value for our food dollar. In other words, we're the folks who shop at Aldi, Wal-Mart Supercenters, and Bi-Lo (and, of course, show our Bonus Card the minute it's our turn in line before the first item is even on the conveyor belt). It would have been nice if the article had profiled these three outlets, in addition to the stores you featured.

You may sneer down at anybody for whom price is a major consideration in buying groceries, but truth be told, in light of ever-increasing gas prices, food prices factor very heavily into our shopping decisions.

Those who believe that Double-Coupon Day should be a national holiday (a hook line for a radio commercial I heard a couple of years ago) deserve to be acknowledged, in addition to the gourmet-seafood-international-food-organic-produce set.

-- Stephen V. Gilmore, Charlotte

Beware of Boondoggle

I could not believe what I was reading when I read in the Fallout section ("Suite or sour?" by Tara Servatius, April 25) that Bobcats investor Felix Sabates was griping about how hard it was to sell suites in today's business environment. Mr. Sabates, were you even awake in 2001 when voters overwhelmingly turned down the Arena referendum, in spite of the way Mayor McGiveaway tried to tie the Arts package in with it like a congressman tries to tie pork in with a spending bill?

One $265 million arena later, along with taxpayers having to foot the bill for traffic police outside of games and good ol' Bob trying to charge Charlotte high schools to use his arena, and you're bitching? Bob Johnson was sold a bill of goods, and I wouldn't have invested a damn dime if I thought it would be this kind of struggle.

I tell you what -- you pay Charlotte back the $300 million or so you stole from us and then you can gripe. For what it's worth, I'm moving to another county so I don't have to pay for your little boondoggle, and I hope that you can't sell any suites in the future, and that you choke on it all the way to the poorhouse.

-- Greg Finger, Charlotte

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