To the Hostess Company:You meant business with the bakers' union: you said your recent contract offer was your last offer. They said No and continued striking. Now you're liquidating your assets, filing for bankruptcy, and 18,000 employees will take their last walk. 2 of your plants are 65 miles from me in Indy. I'm sorry to see you go. I'm sorry that 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, and 570 outlet stores will be no more.I haven't had Wonder Bread, a Twinkie, a HoHo, a Ding Dong, or one of your cupcakes in years. I'm diabetic, and I have to walk past your stuff now. Besides job losses, I think I regret most losing an American icon. You never claimed you were "healthy" for us. As a kid, I didn't care if your bread "built strong bodies 12 ways" or not, but it was magnifique with a gob of PB & J on it. Then you got in trouble when you said that the calcium you later added made a 13th benefit by improving kids' brain function and memory. The FTC said, "Hey, got any scientific proof for that?" Ouch. In 2002, you had to go back to the time-honored 12 ways. I ate gobs of Hostess as a kid. Now, it's like a tiny piece of childhood going to its grave. RIP, sadly.
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