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Yesterday in “Your Views,” an MNB user waxed nostalgic about the good old days, saying: “I grew up in a much simpler time. We did not have to lock our doors, we had to be home when the street lamps came on, our parents did not seem to worry as much about us, as we worry about our children today and where they are at all times. There was an understanding of right and wrong, and parents did spank their children, fathers were feared, respect of our fellow neighbor prevailed and manners were demanded or else.”

I responded that while I agreed with much of what he said, I disagreed with the “feathers were feared” comment: My kids don't fear me, and I think that’s a good thing. Not that I behave as if parenting is a popularity contest, which I’ve always thought is the worst mistake parents can make. But fear? Can't go there, and don’t want to.

To which one MNB user responded:

Chill Out!! I think that you may have reacted a bit too much re: the "kids feared their fathers" comment by one of your subscribers. This is a reference to a respectful reverence of one's father knowing that you would be held accountable and suffer consequences for your actions. A parenting skill that we could use more of from today's parents!

Maybe. But I think there’s a big difference between fear and respect.

Responding to yesterday’s stories about how Wal-Mart seems to have achieved a level of détente with the unions, even as Tesco continues to run into strident union opposition to its west coast Fresh & Easy stores.

MNB user Geoff Harper wrote:

I also think it will be a while before Tesco sits down with the union...and I'm not sure where the Wal-Mart initiatives are headed. The union has been temporarily defanged by Wal-Mart, but their goal with both companies is not to improve the employees wages and benefits... it is to get members, period. It is hard to see how any amount of sitting down and talking is going to bridge that divide.

Another MNB user wrote:

With the economy doing so poor, unions loose a lot of its punch as it member just hope they have a job. Wal-Mart wins as these union members and other customers turn to them to help them save money. Again capitalism wins.

Reactions to our story about the “ethical companies” list that came out yesterday…

One MNB user wrote:

Kudos to those companies that made the list…perhaps in a few years, to make the ethical list, your product has to be ethical as well…a couple of those companies produce products that may not be as healthy for people as they could be or contain ingredients that are not in the consumer’s best interest…

MNB user Mona Doyle wrote:

The list would be more interesting if I knew why Whole Foods isn’t on it.

I’m guessing that the John Mackey blogging controversy and the SEC investigation might have something to do with it.

MNB user Jan Owens wrote:

My husband works for one of the companies on the "high ethics" list. They work VERY hard at trying to find the "good business" perspective as well as being good citizens of the community, the world, etc. It is a company that people are proud to work for, and inspires loyalty.

I got several emails yesterday admonishing me for missing a story yesterday and not having a “Sports Desk” section.

MNB user Eli Prica wrote:

You always have scores of major sporting events the day after. Today no mention of the Detroit Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup?

I guess no one is a hockey fan.

And MNB user Rob Allison chimed in:

KC, I always notice that you update all your readers on the major happenings in the sports world. Today’s column left something out that happened last night.

As much as it pains me to say this (I am by no means a Detroit fan), the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This gave Detroit its fourth Stanley Cup in the last 11 years. Quite an accomplishment in a day and age where no team can dominate one sport, unless you are filming the oppositions practice.

You’re right and I was wrong.

Blame it on my lack of interest in hockey. I thought the Stanley Cup was months ago.

(When either the Celtics or the Lakers win the NBA championship, will someone shoot me an email? I’m afraid that basketball isn’t on my radar either…I’m a baseball major, with a minor in football.)

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