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Sound Off! calls published on Dec. 3, 2008
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•Businesses must fight

In response to the editor's column, "No faith in voters any more," it looks like the California egg industry could have benefitted from a version of your own column before voters cast a yeay or nay vote for Prop. 2. If we can agree that the voters in San Francisco helped get the measure passed, then the egg council and California egg producers didn't do enough to educate the consumer. I don't think we should blame this on any political party. All businesses must fight for their rights or lose them and their market share. If California egg producers get organized then they'll see a way through this poorly written law. But if they can just complain about their enemies, they will have won twice.

• We will be okay

I love the Courier. I look forward to reading it every Wednesday. My grandma reads this paper. I am a long standing resident in Ceres and look forward to reading this newspaper for a long time as well as my children and grandkids.

What about voting for best doctors office in town as well?

I work at a great one here with great people and, of course, doctors. So maybe next year people can take a vote on that.

I have faith with the economics and community we will be okay if we all come together like we used to. Like Americans believing again in America, our beautiful country, our flag. We need to be positive and not so negative or we won't prosper.

• Chicken makes a great pet

I just want to leave a comment about the chicken thing ("She has a chicken pet" call in the Nov. 26 edition). I have a little Rhode Island red. Her name is Reba. She's the best pet I've ever had. She thinks she's a dog because I have three dogs and she barks at the neighbor, she chases cats out of my yard and the one thing you don't do around her is have McDonald's. She is a McDonald's freak! But I just want to say that chickens are the best pet to have. They've got feelings. They know when you leave and when you're gone for a long time. She practically jumps in my lap and she lays her head on me because she's just like a little chihuahua. I think everybody should have one. They're sweet little creatures.

• Tree will cost more than that

I'm calling about the "City yard sets up Christmas tree." Yeah, we've seen that last year; it's a really nice tree but this guy Phil Scott says it's energy use is low. He said the tree will cost just 48 cents a day to light up. Nah, I don't think so. If you've seen this thing it's going to cost a lot more than that. I think the city of Ceres should learn a lesson from the Ceres Unified School District on saving energy, how they do it over there. They turn the lights off every time they leave a room. This is just a waste of money and the taxpayers are going to end up paying for this too.

Nope, take it down.

• Shame on Wal-Mart, shoppers

On this recent black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest sales day of the year, 34-year-old Wal-Mart employee Jdimytai Damour opened the front doors (Long Island, N.Y.) and was crushed to death. Hundreds of impatient, crazed customers broke down the doors and stepped on him to get the sales items inside. I'm sickened by the display of greed and the senselessness of this violent act. And although the behavior of these shoppers is vile, I believe that Wal-Mart has the ultimate responsibility for this tragic incident that could have been avoided. Ever since the Who concert in 1979 in which 11 concert goers were crushed to death the whole world became aware of the need to improve crowd control procedures, but apparently not Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart continues to have a sketchy record when it comes to security and there is no excuse for Wal-Mart not spending the money to put proper procedures in place to protect the employees as well as their patrons. On sales days, Wal-Mart's competitors are not so complacent. They have instituted procedures to prevent these kinds of catastrophes. For example, Best Buy uses a rope line that forces customers into a single line and the main front doors are blocked by a line of employees so that shoppers cannot break through and cause a stampede.

Wal-Mart purposely incites holiday crowds, a practice known as crowd crazing, yet they fail to put proper crowd control systems and personnel in place to prevent the kind of mob mentality and destruction seen here. As a result, Damour paid with his life. Shame on Wal-Mart and shame on the shoppers who were responsible for Damour's death.

• Are chickens legal in the city?

To the lady who has a chicken for a pet, that's just really weird. Can we just say that technically you're a bird brain? Is having a bird in the city even legal?