The Joys of Grocery Shopping…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, February 5, 2011

Quickly: Our new governor is proposing to repeal a Michigan law that requires all items in a grocery store to be individually marked. His argument (and it’s a good one) is that it needlessly adds costs — it’s a lot of work to mark all those items. But it is nice to know that the price on the shelf matches the price on the item. So, yeah, could go either way, right? Well, the clincher argument is that Michigan is the only state that has a requirement this strict. If the other 49 states do it a different way, why shouldn’t we be like them? Make sense to me.

Now you tell me: Why is the United States the only advanced, industrialized country with a healthcare system that allows its citizens to fall into bankruptcy if they are unfortunate enough to contract the wrong disease? Shouldn’t we want to be in step with other countries on this, too?

Anyway, that’s my two minute thought. I’m a bit late posting again. Been preoccupied with work, and life, and (not least of which) our two new kittens:

That’s Jooniper on the left and Zoobin on the right. They are such sweet babies they make my uterus ache. (And I’m pretty sure I don’t even have a uterus.)

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