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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Parking Lot Screeds

Saturday afternoon shopping at Costco requires patience. The aisles are crowded, the checkout lines long and, as I found out on a recent Saturday, there's

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Saturday afternoon shopping at Costco requires patience. The aisles are crowded, the checkout lines long and, as I found out on a recent Saturday, there's politics in the parking lot.

My wife and arrived at Costco, parked and after leaving a bit of the driver's side and passenger windows for ventilation, and headed in for some combat shopping. A half hour later, we emerged $50 lighter but happy that things had gone smoothly at "your $100 Store." After stowing our purchases in the back of our minivan, we got into the front seats to find that someone had slipped a two-page document into the car while we were shopping.

The document turned out to be a right wing screed by an alleged military veteran. It was full of the usual fear and doom stuff about true patriotism, which means owning lots of guns and being ready to use them. I won't do the writer the service of laying out his contentions. He's welcome to his opinions although I disagree with his statement that "the key positions in our government and in military today in American are held, for the most part, by international socialists (i.e. globalists)." I further disagree with the writer's belief that, "martial law is looming, " but in noting that I repeat that the writer has a right to his opinion.

My question is why, in these politically charged days, isn't there anyplace where we can get away from the constant bombardment ofcontentious views right or left? Come on, I go to Costco to shop not to come back to a screed either put under my windshield wipers or dropped into the opening in my car's window.

I don't care if it's a liberal rant, a middle of the road rant or a right-wing ramp, I don't want one imposing on my time when I'm certainly not thinking about or interested in politics but in what brand of toilet paper or salsa I plan to buy. Now I'm not about to ask Costco to police their parking lot checking for screed deliverers but to ask that those who write the crap to put in and on cars to give it a rest.

Hey, if I want political blather, I can always turn on the tube and get enough in one hour to last me a month.

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