I know this has been up for a while, i know ralphs just caved in, but is there any news on safeway/vons? also, i wouldn't mind hearing your opinion. what do you think about the unions, them going on strike and stuff related to that. i think that unions are pretty dumb and i don't think i'd be in one if i had an opportunity. only because they "protect the people from capitalism (forgive my spelling, i'm too tired to care)". but... aren't we (United States) built on Capitalism? if we were built on that, and the unions are against that... then aren't they like haters of what this country stands for? it seems to me that a lot of people think that America was built for opportunity, where if you come here, pay your taxes you get these rites and ther's equality and all that jazz right? but i keep on seeing that a lot of people forget that living here doesn't give you the right to do/get what you want. you have to make it yourself, i mean... no matter what your backround is, no matter how poor you are, you can still make something out of it. right? that's what schools are for, and from what i hear on the news, no matter where you go to school (high school i mean) you can manage to get to some college depending on the grades you have. yes i know there are some problems with this idea because of the mentally ill people, but aside from them, you can go to college and make a fairly good pay, and you could have started from the ghettos really. you can manage to get a nice house and able to support a family with some nice things not the best, but nice. okay sorry i'm drifting here... back to the union. from what i hear, the union went on strike because the medical went up and they had to pay something pretty cheap for checkups and stuff like that instead of getting it for free. the union seems to say it like the "evil" big buisness grocery stores are cheating them or something, but really, thr frickin prices went up! alright? so the union goes on strike cuz they have to pay for medical, and then the grocery stores will eventually give in and then raise the prices of products so they can cover the medical. ... from the looks of it, we the consumers have to pay (at least some) for their medical in the long run. so why should we pay for ours and then for theirs? i'm just a 10th grader so give me a break, i only hear what they show on tv and what i hear on internet and from what other people tell me.