A plea­sure to shop else­where

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion -

My fam­ily and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our fa­vorite gro­cery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a lit­tle sad to have to say good­bye.

First came last month’s re­port that Publix re­ceived a D for re­duc­ing food waste. Then came the story telling of the huge Publix con­tri­bu­tions to Adam Put­nam’s elec­tion cam­paigns that men­tioned how the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices, which he leads, took down health in­spec­tions from the agency’s web­site af­ter sev­eral Publix stores failed them. That was the fi­nal straw.

How in­ter­est­ing that the ar­ti­cle pointed out how Publix has given Put­nam $670,000 over the past three years, enough to buy 74,527 chicken ten­der subs. Can you imag­ine how many home­less fam­i­lies and chil­dren would be thrilled with one of those subs they could never af­ford?

I might have voted for Put­man for gov­er­nor, but not now. If there is this much con­tro­versy now, I can’t imag­ine what it will be like if he is elected.

Pol­i­tics over peo­ple. How sad. Shop­ping will have to be a plea­sure some­where else.

Lani Czyzewski, Tem­ple Ter­race

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