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In addition to Margarita's very good point, the Supreme Court only said that the proponents of Prop 8 didn't have standing to appeal the federal court decision, not that they couldn't participate in the initial challenge to the law.
"Comment" is correct in saying that there have been financial problems for years. And yet, somehow, even under the auspices of the current operators, the manager that Rory left in place was handling those problems, and the store was thriving. Instead of keeping an experienced hand at the helm, the current operators chose to put personal greed ahead of any concept of business sense -- and the shell of a once-great store is finally dying. Then again, this is a group of people marked by short-sightedness and greed, so the real surprise is that it has taken so long. That, in my view, is a testament to the legacy that Rory left.
Does anyone besides me wonder why there is only one person in these comments who seems to buy the story that everything was Rory's fault . . . and that person is also the only one who appears completely unwilling to identify himself/herself, even with a handle? C'mon, "Comment" - if you believe this BS, stand up and say who you are.
The inaccuracies in this story are stunning. There are small errors, such as the statement that an internationally-known store which won multiple awards in the industry over a period of more than 20 years "thrived on a small core of devotees." Really? And there are larger mistakes, such as the implication that the demise of the shop was based on the lack of consumer loyalty, rather than the family's deliberate choices - to stop appearing at all conventions, to crowd out the manager who had been at the helm for over a decade in favor of a former customer, to treat the store's longterm customers like dirt . . . to name just a few. But the most egregious of all is the implication that Rory Root is responsible for the sins of his greedy, short-sighted, selfish, uninformed relatives. It's hard to know where to start on that one. Suffice to say that if this is what passes for journalism these days, Jerry Springer has a Pulitzer in his future.
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