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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

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We Were Talking …

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… about how stupid the average person is.

Then it dawned on us that half the people are stupider than that.

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September 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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This Blog Began …

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… as an adjunct to the Mature Life Features syndicate that, back in the ’80s and ’90s, had almost 100 monthly subscribers around the country.

We never hit 100 but had 97 for several months and more than ninety at the turn of this century. It settled down into the 60s until 2008, when the subscription list toppled to less than three dozen and slipped slowly until torn to tatters by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Word has just been received that a subscriber who’s been with us for three decades has decided to shut down, joining the list of daily, weekly and monthly publications that have withered away because of a lack of readers and revenue with the rise of the Internet.

For that reason, we’re working on this blog — — to serve as a reminder of what small local newspapers used to be like since I spent more than six decades as a reporter and editor in that business. There won’t be any crossword puzzle or comics but we’ll try to pepper our features on various topics, such as health and finance and travel, with a funny line now and then.

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September 26, 2021 at 5:58 am

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Trader Joe’s Just Lost a Customer …

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… and so did Sprouts.

On my weekly jaunt to these two outlets just a few miles up the road from home, I found how much things had changed in such a short time.

There’s been much talk about inflation-driven price increases but it appears that Trader Joe’s has been leading the pack. Prices within its walls have laddered up 10 percent and more since my previous visit so I decided to forego any purchases for a bit and sauntered over to Sprouts.

And found the same pen strokes had settled in their bins and shelves.

After voicing my frustrated observation to a couple I knew who happened to be shopping at the same time, I decided to conduct an experiment. I priced three items in Sprouts and three similar items in Trader Joe’s.

Then I drove to a supermarket near home to compare the prices on similar items. I followed up with a similar visit to another nearby supermarket.

A simple comparison was seedless green grapes — $1.99 a pound in both supermarkets compared with $2.99 – 50 percent more — at the high-end shops.

I may have to return to Trader Joe’s at some point because that’s where my late wife – a black-belt shopper – used to get our olive oil. In the meantime, I’ll look around for a delicatessen or olive-oil shop that will undo any need for a return visit.

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September 25, 2021 at 8:41 am