I have no stake in this other than being a co-op member and frequent shopper. Whether the allegations put forth against Kavanagh are true or false, there are appropriate channels to address them. Posting unsubstantiated rumors on a public forum is not one of them. As another poster pointed out, names are being named, including of alleged victims.
I'm afraid the recklessness of some of these posters, no doubt fueled by their passions, has only served to undermine their cause.
I don't know why the Board fired Ken Kavanaugh, but I think they would be very hard pressed to replace him. Under his leadership the Co-op became one the most lucrative markets in the country, judging by linear shelf foot sales. Certainly Whole Foods and Henry's Farmers Market wanted a piece of the Co-Op's sales. In addition, the floor space devoted to organics and natural products at Albertson's, Fred Meyers, Winco and Costco could almost certainly be attributable to the Co-Op's influence.
Ken Kavanaugh could frequently be found stocking shelves and jumping in to do what was needed to keep the store running. That level of devotion comes with pride of ownership. Without Ken, I truly hope the Co-Op does not become just another store.
My nephew was returning home from Oregon and was pulled over in Nampa for DWH (Driving While Hispanic.)
It was a frightening experience for him and his companion who had no gang affiliations (the officer thought they may have been "claimin'", whatever that means.)
My nephew comes from a military familly, with highly decorated service members through multiple generations. Apparently, that is not good enough to guarantee his rights as an American Citizens.
And what will they rename "Arizona" I wonder?
Nice article, too bad he was still talking about improving the buggy whip.
Condemning scientists and creative minds who think beyond convention doesn't make you intelligent or rational. Just mean.
OR, we would still be "engineering" riding crops and state of the art horse chariots if there were not inventors with visions of how things could be as opposed to how things have been.
Not all old ideas should be cast aside, however. If we had not succumbed to the oil, auto and tire lobbies, we would be designing communities for people and not for cars. We would have more bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods with parks, schools and neighborhood businesses instead of big box stores, strip malls and so much pavement it alters the weather. We would have invested more in public transportation and less on endless roads.
We are finally designing buildings thatsignificantly reduce the need for artificial light during the day, lower heating and airconditioning usage, and reduce emissions.
I don't know of any serious conservationists who believe we can immediately eliminate our reliance on 19th century energy--not for lack of innovation, but because we need to phase out obsolete technology and those who desperately cling to it.
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