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Got the following email from MNB reader Jeremy E. Couture:

I enjoyed your take on the movement to force those in the coffee industry to post warnings about hazardous chemicals.  Your view that “I’m going to keep drinking coffee, Black. Caffeinated. The hell with it. It is one of the great pleasures of my life” is identical to mine (I’m suspicious of the cream and/or sugar crowd).

For me, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol, and I’ve essentially given up gluten (with an occasional indulgence).  If coffee is the cause of my demise, I will go out with a highly caffeinated, jittery smile on my face.

We’re not entirely alike. I don’t smoke, either. But I remain a big fan of both alcohol and gluten.

MNB reader Ray England wrote:

I moved to California from a free state about three and a half years ago. California is such a nanny state that one can’t go into any retail establishment here without seeing these stupid “State of California Warning” signs posted everywhere. Restaurants that serve grilled foods have these signs up that warn about the cancer risk from eating foods prepared in a way that could unleash carcinogens upon you! Heck, I was at my local Lowe’s returning something that I had purchased and noticed a sign posted that warned about the cancer risks of inhaling sawdust! Why? Because Lowe’s sells wood! It is absolutely idiotic. But it is California.

Price of living in Paradise.

Responding to Kate McMahon’s column comparing roasted chickens - and roasted chicken prices - at Whole Foods, Costco and Stop & Shop, MNB reader Lisa Malmarowski wrote:

The Costco chickens may be cheap but how are they raised? Where are they from? Who are the farmers?

You’re comparing apples to oranges here but I get it - cheap meat no matter the real cost. But that’s cool - a $4.99 chicken is pretty much everything wrong with our American food system summed up in one, cheap bird.

Kate quoted a Costco exec as saying that his company was willing to lose a lot of money on roasted chickens in order to keep the price point at $4.99, prompting MNB reader Joel Yochem to write:

Those folks coming in for the $4.99 chicken walk out with a whole lot more than a $4.99 chicken. Costco is by no means “eating” $30 to $40 million a year.
Costco is a smart marketer.

On another subject, from MNB reader Alana Larrick:

One of the other readers today had a comment about the NFL players having a “long standing rule that players must stand for the national anthem.” Unfortunately for that reader, that isn’t true. In fact, several sources point out that standing for the national anthem wasn’t even really a practice until 2009. Eight years seems like a long time for some people, but considering that the NFL was founded in 1920, eight years is nothing.

The whole kneeling issue is ridiculous and is a blatant redirection from the real reason that Colin Kaepernick took a knee last season: racism. I find it incredibly disturbing that our president condemns Muslims, Mexicans, and now black professional athletes, but a few weeks ago was tweeting about how there were some “good people” siding with the white supremacists.

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