August 14, 1986 |
QUESTION: My wife and I are having an argument over food habits and we're hoping that you can settle it. I say young professionals spend more money eating out than they do on groceries. She says everybody--no matter what age--spends more on groceries than they do on meals away from home. Is there any way to find out who's right?--L. V. ANSWER: The beauty of statistics is that they can be manipulated to make everyone a winner. And so it is in this case.
June 14, 2000
As a HomeGrocer.com aficionado, I was very interested in your article regarding Internet grocery shopping ("Should Your Mouse do the Shopping?," May 31). I have a few points to add as a counter to the drawbacks listed: No, I don't get to use my coupons and double coupons with HomeGrocer. However, I cannot tell you how many times I went to my local store to shop, armed with coupons, only to find the advertised item out of stock. Usually, it was not worth the hassle to get the rain check and keep the coupons for next week's shopping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990
As the owner of a fast-food restaurant in Hollywood, I am disturbed by the implications in the article headlined "High Risk, Low Security at Fast-Food Stands." (Metro, Sept. 26.) I believe it is wrong to single out fast-food restaurants as particular targets of armed robbers. This is a problem that pervades our entire society, whether it be at liquor stores or mom-and-pop groceries, follow-home robbers in posh suburbs or Rolex grabbers on the street in broad daylight. Any business that deals in cash or valuable merchandise must take reasonable precautions to prevent criminal assault.
May 17, 2000
Regarding "Staying Well Ahead of the Joneses" (May 7), either your slant was terribly biased or we really are a nation of overindulgent gluttons. Chalk my family and me up as members of the opposition, folks who see no need to impress anybody with piles of electronic clutter, grossly oversized gas-guzzlers or corporate-billboard fashion statements. Neither are we members of your token-mentioned "down-shifters," a group you suggest are extremists on the other end ("people who buy organic groceries in recycled bags")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1987
Workers who earn the minimum wage have not had a raise in nearly seven years, but that has not stopped the price of groceries or rent or anything else from going up. A pay increase--at least another dollar, from $3.35 to $4.35 an hour--is certainly in order. California's Industrial Welfare Commission can provide it. The current rate works out to $6,700 a year--poverty wages for any family.
December 29, 1986 |
The front room of the Holy Cross Center in South-Central Los Angeles was alive with activity. Small children played near their parents, who waited quietly for their turn to ask one of the sisters for help--usually a bag of groceries or clothing. In the back room, a group of women volunteers from the neighborhood sorted and hung clothes to be given away. In a pantry nearby, another woman took groceries from metal shelves and packed a bag for a client.
October 19, 2003
Once again, the grocery chains are invoking the boogeyman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in an attempt to force concessions upon their employees. In "A Question of Economics" [Oct. 13], a Wall Street analyst blithely says that "you have to make a violent change to get a chance at surviving." This violent change is the transformation of a job that once allowed one to lead a middle-class lifestyle (owning a home, raising a family, etc.) to one that pays below the poverty line. One might say, "Why should I care, I don't work in a market.