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  •  Agreed, billmosby (3+ / 0-)
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    The demised of Hostess, if that is what's to be, is not so much one of the financial structuring of the company as one of marketing in the sense of designing a marketable product. While, IMO, Hostess makes the best of those little powder sugared donuts, I try NOT to buy them, and I'm generally successful. At a time when the choice of products available to consumers has expanded exponentially, Hostess has failed to keep up. Or, am I missing a yummy Hostess product that's "not so bad" for you?

    “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

    by RJDixon74135 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:17:24 AM PST

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    •  My downfall continues to be Krispy Kreme, but (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm thankful they're just a bit off the beaten path around here. Now I've discovered Devon Cream (of Wimbledon strawberrys and clotted cream fame) and am thankful that it costs about a dollar an ounce in the Salt Lake City area. lol.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:43:23 AM PST

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      •  For me it's the price of the things (0+ / 0-)

        I have a massive sweet tooth but I saw my king dons getting smaller and smaller and the price of a box going higher and higher.

        One day I was shopping, and some stocker at the store put my yummies right next to the fresh bakery cabinet.  

        CUPCAKES!! fresh baked cupcakes, half the price of a box of king dons. I never bought another box again.

    •  never mind the health aspects... (1+ / 0-)
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      Aside from the health aspects of Hostess products, what matters is that they offered a somewhat affordable alternative for the poor and working class who can't order fancy specialty pies and cakes from gourmet bake shops.  They offered a way for the less well-to-do to satisfy a sweet tooth, to get some immediate gratification and some sense of celebration every now and again.  

      So, once again, the "little people" are being squeezed -- losing their jobs and losing the few moments of pleasurable escape that had been available to them.  

      Meanwhile, the fat cats are lolling about, eating bonbons and pocketing millions for doing nothing.  

      While I neither envy the wealthy nor want to "deprive" Serial Liar Mitt Romney and others of his station to amass ever more money if they are pathetic enough to believe that wealth is the sole component of one's worth, I do take exception to their means of transferring wealth from the bottom to the top; their thievery is despicable; they steal jobs and food from the less well-off, then decry the needy poor who don't have jobs or food because they "lack gumption" or something.  There is nothing wrong with the honest, well-meaning poor, but there is everything wrong with the obscenely wealthy who do every devious thing within their power to squash the less fortunate.  

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