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Wal-Mart and the Raping of America April 11, 2009

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I find the Wal-Marting of America unsettling. Standing in a line at a Kerry rally in 2004, an unemployed tire worker praised the bargains at Wal-Mart. In questioning how he could ethically shop at Wal-Mart, being the stalwart union guy he was, he responded “It’s the only place I can afford.” At what cost?

Recently, a sustainability expert at the Ohio State University held Wal-Mart up as a beacon of resiliency. Not only are they squashing the competition in a tough economy, but in “greening” their stores, operations and supply lines they are uncommonly profitable.

What the fine professors did not mention as part of their resiliency strategy are their pay inequities, resistance to hiring health insurance eligible workers and the way they bully and control their supply chain. Their predatory pricing strategies have ravaged community businesses.

Just last week, in Columbus, Ohio, Walmart announced that 650 jobs in their local optical lab were moving to Mexico, reneging on a $1.8 million job-creation tax credit. In today’s failing economy the one “beacon of profitability” chooses not to employ their customer base and instead shafts their community. People are rightfully angry. Recently the police department of Exeter, PA insisted on metal detectors because of altercation concerns at a city council meeting that was going to decide on a new Wal-Mart in their community.

I do not condone violence, but I do support boycott. I can not understand why Americans continue to patronize their stores. Yes they have good deals; don’t go in there and be tempted.

As Americans it’s time to stop shopping at Wal-Mart; although they advertise their greening of America, management has no corporate conscience nor concern for the people of America. They woo their customers and then rape their jobs. Yes, customers get more for their dollar at their stores, but at what ultimate cost?

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer October 2, 2008

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This Sunday is for my mom.  In the afternoon I will be canvassing for Obama’s campaign, for reasons beyond the scope of this entry.  In the morning, I am walking in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

 

This year I am dedicating my walk to my moms.

 

Charlotte, my “mom mom,” would have had her birthday the day before on the 4th. Although she did not technically have “breast cancer;” she had a carcinoid tumor in her breast that she battled like a trooper; there was no way that she would let it get the best of her.  I dedicate my walk to the spirit in which she fought her battle.

 

Dolores, my adopted mom through marriage, is nothing less than inspirational in her ongoing battle with just about every known cancer.  It has been many years since she was first diagnosed. For lack of a better description, Dolores practices her active spirituality with her feet.  The faith she put in her God and her doctors is nothing less than inspirational.  Not only has she made regular treks to the Mayo Clinic  1 1/2 hours away all of these years, she is the patient who actually follows what her doctors want her to do. We should ALL learn from Dolores.

 

I am also dedicating my walk to all of our daughters. To my friends battling this disease, know that you are also foremost in my mind. Hopefully, our walking and raising research funds will put this disease behind all of our children; I can think of no better goal in making breast cancer, along with all other types of cancer, prehistoric.

 

Wish us sunny skies; I know we will be walking with sunny hearts.