They still sell gobs of candy, and alcohol, so it's the hypocrisy of it that gets to me.
Now the hypocrisy of those who are trying to stamp out cigarette smoking while trying to legalize pot smoking is pretty absurd as well.”
“They going to get rid of the alcohol sales as well? Didn't think so...”
ChillMe on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:02:36
“So if they don't become a 100% healthy store ( no alcohol, no sugar, etc.) ,we shouldn't praise that they are not selling cigarettes?
It is a good thing, as it was when tv commercials for cigarettes were banned. Those who want to smoke still can.”
headly67 on Feb 6, 2014 at 09:01:22
“My mistake they do, if local laws allow, which is not in my state of NJ and not in many others.
But alcohol in small amounts is actually good for you, cigarettes are not.”
“Being a public employee who makes one third of the lowest salary up there I can understand why a person would try to boost that five year average income rate, especially if you've seen your workload tripled with no compensation. But considering the way overtime pay has been reduced to 'comp time' that you can hardly take, I'd say both sides are 'gaming the system'. That happens when mutual contempt replaces mutual respect in the management/employee relationship.
Actual cost of living issues are long past overdue for addressing. But that's another topic...”
cmag1971 on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:18:23
“No doubt that there are two sides to this both have plenty of guilt to throw around. I'm from NJ and the amount of corruption between the politicians and unions there is recorded weekly in the New Jersey Star Ledger. An Operators (train salary) is a very respectable amount. http://data.newsday.com/new-york/data/politics/metro-north-salaries-overtime-pay/?searchField=name&q= Type in this guy's name and you will see he averages a base salary of 100k and overtime of another 37k. This is a strong union and forcing them to do much of anything is unlikely.”
“Now the question becomes, did he request all this overtime, or was he required to work it because the company reduced staff levels to the point where it became cheaper to pay overtime than extra yearly salaries? That's a pretty good salary to begin with, so needing the overtime pay seems unlikely.”
cmag1971 on Dec 3, 2013 at 14:20:36
“Good question. If you are familar with the NY/NJ Port of Authority, cashing in on a lot of OT is a way of life. It is how they build their salaries for their pensions. The salaries are not based on base pay but total earnings. It really gets incredulous in their last five years when many earn up to twice their salary and retire with a pension greater than their base salary. The Unions have been gaming the system for decades. Not suggesting that is what happened here, but would not be shocked either.”
“That's what seems to happen when stereotypes rule your decision making. The reverse happens as well, rural standards about gun issues springs to mind. The relationship between the two should compliment each other, like a marriage between opposites, rather than this confrontational crap that swings us like a pendulum.”
Jrlh on Nov 7, 2013 at 14:54:23
“I agree, those who choose to live in the cities have become used to relying on government. They are used to more government intervention. They need city sanitation, big infrastructure, sewer, water. They through no fault of their own really, have decided to trade a lot of freedom and independence for organization. It is understandable and fine.
I totally agree with you they should work together rather than cram each others views down the others throat. If cities want stricter gun control. I believe they should be able to, there should not be this one size fits all mentality.”
“The 'city mouse' needs the 'country mouse' to grow the food. So the city mouse should try to keep the country mouse financially solvent. The country mouse can feed itself so it thinks it has no use for the city mouse. Only after storming off in a huff does the country mouse realize that it's own prosperity comes from selling food to the city mouses. The relationship should be symbiotic but has mostly been confrontational for generations.”
“Colorado is going to be on the short list for gerrymandering those urban districts and breaking them up. The Republicans will divide the cities into sections and include the rural areas around each section to dilute the liberal/urban vote. I'm surprised to see an area that hasn't had this done yet.”
Jrlh on Nov 7, 2013 at 09:06:14
“You would think so....Otherwise the rural people will have to live by the standards and rules set by the city dwellers that do not apply in rural settings.”
“When the statistics for unemployment and inflation were "chained" under Reagan many people knew what was going on. By removing energy and food from the inflation equation the real numbers were kept artificially low for all cost of living adjustments. By tying only those who first apply for unemployment benefits to the unemployment numbers they were able to keep those statistics artificially lower by non-classifying those who were still unemployed, but had resorted to desperate measures to survive.
Those 'protectionist' tariffs worked pretty well until the financially elite, and their minions, started removing them, because who do you think they were 'protecting'? Our working class!”
“That 'market value' for labor was intentionally manipulated in order to depress the wage structure. This is what 'free trade' agreements have meant for the working class, competing with labor costs in areas where the cost of living is far less than it is here. The purpose of tariffs and manufacturing standards was to protect your own countries wage structure. The purpose of Reaganomics was to throw the working class to the wolves. The narcissism of the 1% made them eat their golden goose. They'll still make some more money picking at the bones of that carcass but eventually the instability will 'trickle up' to them as well.”
Brian Madden on Oct 17, 2013 at 14:03:02
“Manipulated by whom? FDR had protectionist tariffs. How'd that work out”
“What about the people who are wasting their labours for unfairly compensated workloads? If the corporate structure had any ethics left, or at least some semblance of shame, the people's government wouldn't have to spend so much to make up the difference.”
Brian Madden on Oct 17, 2013 at 13:14:41
“Are you suggesting that corporations pay more than an employees market value? When you make purchases, do you offer to pay more than the asking price?”
“The guy wears so much makeup he kinda looks she-male most of the time. At least it's not orange fake tan colored, but glossy lipstick? Maybe it's just Chap stick to protect his lips from all the bile he spews...”
“Laughing all the way to the bank, huh? Your memory must not remember the Franken-Coleman election fiasco, or when THAT was finally resolved Ted Kennedy dies and the machinations to prevent another Democrat from taking his seat for the rest of his term.
Of course there were no Republican votes on it. Obstructing anything a Dem. tries to do while in office is their loser mode. Prancing around with a presumed 'mandate' is their questionable winner mode. Carter and Clinton went through it also, and neither of them was a liberal either.
You're also assuming I have any love for the Democrats way of screwing us over. Sorry if my personal observations don't mesh with your rewritten history.”
“For those who can remember, Romneycare ... er .... Obamacare was originally a capitulation to Republican demands in the first place. The people wanted Single Payer but that option was never even discussed, then it was the Public Option but the insurance companies raised hell. Finally, the Democrats took almost the entire Republican way to 'fix' the situation and implemented Romneycare, ignoring their base. Republicans lied and said the people didn't want 'Obamacare' because of the individual mandate THEY insisted on putting in there to appease the insurance industry by basically creating a 'captured audience' to pay into the system. The people actual wishes were misrepresented, as is common with these 'contrarians'. Now this revolving farce gets played out and the people get shafted as usual.”
akakman2001 on Oct 1, 2013 at 11:53:23
“It's always good for a laugh when people say things like that. It must be symbolic of memory problems. Obamacare was a compromise with Democrats, by Democrats. They had 60 votes in the Senate and a majority in the House. Obamacare passed without a single republican vote. The FAR left wanted single payer. Moderate democrats wavered.”
“Look at a map. Chicago, in Illinois, has grown until it is literally butting up against Hammond and Gary, Indiana. East Chicago is IN Indiana. You can literally cross the street and get a gun legally. Indiana goes across the border for liquor due to lower taxes. That makes those gun laws kinda moot for anyone that wants one.
THAT'S how this can happen. Of course, first you have to destroy the steel industry that employed lots of people in that area, wait a while for desperation to sink in, then the young will start forming 'herds' for protection and identification. It's basically prison culture extending past the bars.”
“Unions do not have the financial capability to do what you claim. Corporations that are driving down wages by pitting unionized workers against third world desperation are the ones buying the politicians who then cut taxes for their donors and bankrupt both the government and the workers who used to make enough to live on. Government employees are just the last holdout for modestly decent working class wages. The laws that protected those workers from this kind of financial abuse are the ones being targeted by the corporate political minions. Your white collar uniform marks you as the ivory tower thinker that you are.”
Jul 31, 2013 at 12:43:32
“Reducing the numbers of people who live long enough to retire is just one part of the master plan for the 'human resource' aspect of bidness. Shorter lifespans have already begun to be statistically evident in the working classes. The only drawback is higher healthcare expenses, which is why there is also the push to eliminate employer provided health insurance along with pensions.”