In brand names, shorter is better

Whenever I buy a generic product, I’m reminded of one of the final episodes of “Clerks: The Animated Series.” A bleeding man enters the convenience store and asks Randal, a clerk, if the store has Band-Aids. Randal informs the customer the proper term is “adhesive strips,” which leads coworker Dante to question the timing of […]

Commissaries agency closing ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Jan. 6 Shopping with Tonya

Playskool Busy Ball Popper Description: Brightly colored toy that features air-powered drop and take play. Cost: $19.99 Where to purchase: Any store that carries Playskool brand toys or www.hasbro.com. Who would enjoy this gift: Boys or girls ages 9 months to 4 years.

Tax dollars not meant for political gain

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Stop what you are doing right now. Get a pad and pencil. This is important. What I am about to report will save you thousands. Ready? OK, here goes: If you buy generic drugs rather than brand-name drugs it will be cheaper. A whole lot cheaper! Listen, don’t lavish e-mail […]

In Cristal matter, rappers may be all wet

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist “Don’t believe the hype” — Public Enemy I feel sorry for Shawn Carter. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. It seems that in recent weeks, Carter, a rap star and music executive known professionally as Jay-Z, has pronounced himself angry with the makers of Cristal champagne. Cristal, you should […]

Program aids in tracking stolen livestock

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Starting this month, the Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will launch a national Web-based theft-prevention service. The initiative, called the Horse Identification Program or HIP, helps ranchers and law enforcement officers locate stolen horses by recording vital information such as color, description, medical history and brand […]