LEAVE IT TO PEEVER
Plastic, fantastic, super Wal-Mart
Bumper sticker of the week (a beauty for Galesburg): Im just working here until a fast food job opens up.
War: I wonder how it would feel to lose a child, spouse, friend, in a war being fought over a lie? I cant imagine how George W. Bush can look in a mirror. Young men and women, Iraqi civilians, being killed just so he and his family can save face. Like every war before it, this one will be deemed "justified" by the Christian warriors who make such idiotic pronouncements. Seems thats all we ever end up with: just war.
Hats: Im a hat person. I get my love of hats from my father. He wore what used to be called a "cat hat." I never remember seeing him without it. I myself prefer fedoras and baseball hats. I probably have around 15 of each. I usually wear a black fedora in winter, and a baseball cap in summer. Some of my fedoras are new, some I have bought in vintage clothing stores. You never know about wearing another mans hat, whether its an honor or a curse. At any rate, I like my hats. It helps keep alive the memory of my father, who died when I was 18. I like that about the hats.
A crappy meeting: Man, all the big shots were down at Crappys the other night. GREEDA, and supposed investors in Galesburg, although I didnt see anyone who looked loaded or Id have asked them to pick up my tab, as sort of a gesture of good faith. It appeared to be quite a crappy meeting. I volunteered to give the key-note address, which I had already entitled, "What a crappy idea, giving our tax dollars to fake businessmen." I thought it was pretty clever. They didnt.
Speaking of clever ideas. Here are a few:
End farmer subsidies.
End corporate subsidies.
Remove the salary cap on earnings taxed for social security. (This would solve the problem in and of itself.)
Establish universal health-care instead of waging war.
Start a Department of Peace. Can the Defense Department and Homeland Security.
If a kid can make the grade, guarantee them an education thru the 16th grade.
Pay people, in the form of a tax credit, to not reproduce.
Instead of real estate taxes, how about charging people who are leaving Galesburg an escape fee?
NO SUPER WAL-MART ON SEMINARY STREET: Ill never get out of my drive-way. (I recently heard a Menards is supposed to go on the same site.) We clearly dont need a new grocery store. We dont need another drug store. We dont need another service station. We dont need another lumber yard. The damage a super Wal-Mart would do to this town would greatly exceed the good it would do. At the very least, Wal-Mart should have to do an economic and environment impact study. The city administration and city council will claim they cant do anything to stop a super Wal-Mart. That will be a lie.
The Wal-Mart way:
They oppose unionization. They close stores rather than negotiate a contract.
Unfair competition with small businesses. Theyve become so big, no one can match their price.
They are into homogenized globalization. Whats good for America is good for the rest of the world.
Unfair treatment of employees.
Unfair buying practices.
Unfair treatment of non-Christian would-be hires, employees, and makers of products.
Endorse sweatshop clothing. Theyve even at times denied this, in spite of clear evidence to the contrary.
They will take any tax breaks they can get from communities they build in, in spite of the fact that they are the worlds richest company and the worlds richest family owned business.
Theyve taken on a cavalier "dont bother challenging us" attitude.
They buy low, sell low, and pay their employees low.