I read Lance Hardcastle's attack letter several weeks ago, and I wanted to write in to give my wholehearted support to the new, improved Greenlife [“Whole Foods: The Bigger the Worse?” March 30 Xpress].
Personally, I was very excited when I heard Whole Foods was taking over the Asheville location. They are making some great changes. The new layout, for one, is much more comfortable to me — it reminds me of the Whole Foods in Atlanta, where I lived for seven years. Another plus: Since all the baked goods are now shipped from the regional bake house in Georgia, I can get all my favorite pastries, and they taste as good as home!
I know some people in Asheville will never like Whole Foods, and that's just fine with me. Ever since they hired that security guard, I see a lot less anti-establishment types in the store. Can't afford organic food if you have to pay for it, huh, anarchists? Maybe you should get a living-wage job instead of begging for change. (And while you're at it, learn to play guitar.)
As for me, it doesn't matter what people say. I'll be a loyal Whole Foods customer for life. As that rarest of breeds — a vegetarian libertarian — I admire the courageous stances CEO John Mackey has taken on controversial issues like climate change and entitlement programs. I agree with Mackey that there's “no scientific consensus” on the cause of global warming, and that people don't have an “intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter.” If you want something good, you've got to pay for it, kids. I learned that the hard way. And if a vegan spelt muffin from Georgia costs 60 cents more than a locally made muffin, I'm gonna pay it. Why? Because the market demands it, and the market is never wrong.
— Robert Thatcher