Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Opinion

December 5, 2011

Letters to the Editor- Dec. 4

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Thanks for Santo football coverage

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the great coverage given to the Santo football games (even if it was just the last two games of the season).

We are proud of the progress this team has gained since the Thornton brothers took over the leadership of the program. They have a great rapport with the boys on the team both on the field and in the classroom. We look forward to other seasons, but this one was special because of the time it took to

get there (17 years).

Maybe next time we can have a little coverage during the year.

Thanks,

Linda Duncan

Lone Camp

Editor’s note: Thanks, Mrs. Duncan. We did attend and cover in person four Santo games this year, including the Perrin and Valley Mills games during the season, plus the De Leon regular season finale and the playoff game in Mansfield. We have seven area football teams to follow and want to make in person at least one game of each team during their 10-week regular season. Congrats to Santo on a great season and we hope to follow them to the playoffs next year and every year.

Left out in the Black Friday cold

Dear Editor,

Years ago retail stores used bait and switch, a dishonest sales practice in which a business advertises a bargain price for an item in order to draw customers into the store and then tells the prospective buyer that the advertised item is of poor quality or no longer available and attempts to switch the customer to a more expensive product.

Courts ruled that retailers using a bait-and-switch operation could be subject to a lawsuit by customers for false advertising and most business ended the practice.

Now retailers have gone to a new form of bait and switch. The new form is were retailers announce  they are going to have a few items of a major electronic device at a great reduced price or limited amount of other items that are in high demand. As long as the store advertises that there is a limited number it is legal.

Although it is legal it appears to me to be nothing more than a new form of bait and switch. What makes this form of bait and switch more outrageous is that for the past few years shoppers has been injured, at least one seriously, trying to get one of the items.

It appears that the failure of the retailer to have enough security is part of the cause of the injuries.  But one has to ask if it is time to end this form of bait and switch.

Before you ask no I was not out shopping on Black Friday, or this year Black Thursday, and am mad because I didn’t get one of the bait and switch items.

Charles Thompson

Mineral Wells

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