Forum: Small price hikes add up
November 30, 2012 6:46PM
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:32AM
In his Nov. 19 Forum letter ridiculing the CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, Dennis Gorecki demonstrates a lack of understanding of what it takes to run a profitable business that benefits the investor/owner and the employee.
The CEO said “Obamacare” will mean he will have to reduce employees’ hours or increase the cost of the pizzas by 11 to 14 cents. Mr. Gorecki sarcastically dismisses that cost increase, ignoring that it represents $110,000 to $140,000 per 1 million pizzas sold.
I suggest he look around — the pizza business is very competitive and pennies count. I would like to know what Mr. Gorecki does for a living so I can complain about how overpriced his goods or services are.
Better yet, the pizza business has a fairly low cost of entry. Maybe Mr. Gorecki can open a pizzeria and pay whatever he wants to unskilled employees. Let’s see how long he lasts.
Upset about cross issue
I am a resident of Alsip and a Christian. How sad and pathetic that my village cannot place a cross on one of its water towers as it has done for many years because a group of nonbelievers threaten a lawsuit.
I wish the anti-religion group would mind its business. Volunteers and donations will be needed for this Christmas season. Nonbelievers are welcome to participate. Don’t hold your breath! A blessed and Merry Christmas season to all!
Jackson deluded self on airport
Jesse Jackson Jr.’s obsession with the proposed airport near Peotone may have been an early warning sign of bipolar disorder, which can include a tendency to make grand and unattainable plans. Jackson’s proclamations about the airport were, at best, wildly unrealistic — even in his recent letter of resignation from Congress, he claimed that it would employ 300,000 people.
Jackson could never accept the fact that market forces do not support the airport and that Chicago political and business leaders would never allow it. In demanding that he get his way, Jackson alienated important Democrats, undermining his effectiveness as an elected official.
It’s a shame that Jackson’s career, which started out like a modern-day Camelot, turned into a Greek tragedy, complete with hubris, leading to the fall. And it’s a shame that thousands of residents in the 36-square-mile site of the proposed airport have lived under continual stress and uncertainty for so many years and tens of thousands of economically distressed residents in the south suburbs were fed false hope about jobs. Perhaps the next congressman will be more based in reality.
Hitting bottom psychologically often is the precursor to emotional and spiritual growth. At 47, Jackson still has immense potential to help make the world a better place. I wish him well.
President of STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down)