Ralph Nader to Open Bookstore in Connecticut

2913133410_b60b4e6f6c_bRetirees used to take up hobbies or adopt a local charity to fill up their free time, but now they are opening bookstores.

The RepublicanAmerican reports that:

Five-time presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader wants to open a community bookstore in his hometown.

But first, he wants to see whether there’s demand for it.

The bookstore at 414 Main St., where his parents, Nathra and Rose Nader, owned the Highland Arms restaurant from the 1920s to the 1970s, will open next week for a test run. Over the next six months, the store will open four days per week: from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This Saturday at 11 a.m., Nader and community lawyer Charlene LaVoie are inviting the public to come to the store location to discuss the store’s prospects for community events. He said there are about 65,000 people living in the region from New Hartford to Salisbury and the Torrington area that could be served by the bookstore.

According to the RA, Nader regards opening this bookstore as a serious endeavor. Nader plans to host book signings, lectures and forums for people “interested in civic engagement,” as well as discussions about “how we solve problems at the national, state and local levels.”

“This is not an entertainment bookstore,” Nader told the paper. “It’s a bookstore for serious citizens, concerned citizens, curious citizens.” The store will sell some novels and children’s books, “but it’s not going to be a full-service bookstore like a Barnes and Noble.”

Since when is B&N a full-service bookstore?

And with such limited hours, how could Nader possibly expect the market to demonstrate a demand for the store?

found via The Passive Voice

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  1. Patrick Cassidy3 September, 2016

    It dounds like an irrelevant bookstore for irrelevant people run by a no longer relevant man, to me.

    Thanks for the seatbelts, Ralph.

    1. Will O'Neil3 September, 2016

      Don’t forget to thank him for Geo. W. Bush as well.

      1. Nate Hoffelder3 September, 2016


      2. DebbyS4 September, 2016

        Recall that Gore lost his own state. He won Florida until the supreme court overruled the state and halted the recounting when TPTB realized bush would have lost it and the presidency. Check out Redacted Tonight channel on YouTube for how elections are really run these days.

        1. Frank6 September, 2016

          Gore had fewer votes in the last certified ballot count in Florida. Some votes were likely miscounted due to the infamous hanging chads, but you have to count what the ballot shows, not the voter’s intent.

          1. Fjtorres6 September, 2016

            The Washington Post paid for a full 100% statewide recount using multiple sets of criteria. In none of them did Gore win. The only way Gore won was with a partial recount of a few *select* republican areas. So his strategy of trying to squeeze more votes out of democratic-controlled areas was never going to work.

            But then, he lost the election when he ran away from the Clintons and tried to run as a fire-breathing populist, the same strategy Howard Dean and Kerry failed with.

  2. fret3 September, 2016

    Haters gotta hate.

  3. Kevin3 September, 2016

    Not being an American, I find sarcastic comments like “Thanks for the seatbelts, Ralph” to be bizarre. A quick search of the Internet found the quote “the use of seatbelts in the United States alone has saved an estimated 255,000 lives”. You’re saying Nader should be criticized for helping to save a quarter million American lives?

    1. Nate Hoffelder3 September, 2016

      That comment was sarcastic.

      The thing about Ralph Nader is that his presidential campaign in 2000 cost Gore votes in key states, enabling Bush to edge out a victory even though Bush came in second in total vote count.

      Many blame Nader for putting Bush in the Oval Office, and all the bad decisions which followed.

  4. Kate4 September, 2016

    Let’s not forget that Nader also called Obama an ‘Uncle Tom’ on Fox News the night Obama first won the presidency.

    He’s shite. You can edit that word if you want to.

  5. Patrick Cassidy4 September, 2016

    Debby S. – Gore lost Florida by around 500 votes, with about 5,000 absentee ballots uncounted. Nader got 97,000 votes. If Nader hadn’t been in the race, Gore would have one in the first count, and George W. Bush would have been Baseball Comissioner.

    Naderites are the most self-deluded people in this nation.

    Wishing Ralph a speedy failure, and hoping he doesn’t screw it up for anybody besides himself this time.

    I’m sincere about the seatbelts, though.

    1. Will O'Neil5 September, 2016

      There’s no question that seatbelts have been a big lifesaver. There’s a lot of question about the extent to which Nader is actually entitled to the lion’s share of the credit for the mandate to install them in all cars sold in the United States, as he would like us to believe. My late uncle, James B. Mason, MD, ran the American College of Surgeons’ seatbelt campaign in cooperation with a number of other public-service organizations that lobbied for seatbelt requirements. His assessment was that Nader simply took credit for what was already an accomplished fact.

  6. Patrick5 September, 2016

    That would actually sound about right for the kind of narcissist Nader has turned out to be.

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