Friday, August 01, 2014
However, even as Walgreens tackles the important role of Caring Global Citizen, the company is wrestling with big issues here on the home front. The company is said to be considering a move that will make them a bad corporate citizen here in the US: an inversion. That is, they're considering relocating their company headquarters overseas in name only in order to procure a hefty tax break here in the US.
Nearly 1/4 of Walgreens' nearly $17 billion income is derived from the US government in the form of Medicare and Medicaid patients. In addition, just a few years ago they received around $46 million from Illinois. Yet, Walgreens may undertake this move to save on their tax obligations.
Their move could cost the US government an estimated $4 billion over the first five years, not to mention what it will cost to Illinois.
A vocal, but not necessarily a majority, group of shareholders is said to be advocating for the move. The company needs to hear from stakeholders--US citizens who will be impacted by this move. Thats' where you come in.
As I mentioned, Walgreens has pledged to donate a vaccine to a child in need for each comment left as part of the Shot at Life blogger campaign. I urge you leave a comment on relevant blog posts encouraging the company to leave their headquarters here in the United States. Feel free to copy and paste from this post.
Click here to see a schedule of the Shot at Life blogger campaign. Now let's go save some lives.
Chicago Sun-Times (source of the numbers above)
New York Times
Friday, July 04, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Last night I attended a village board meeting in Niles at which they planned to discuss a potential gun shop and gun range in an industrial area, an industrial area that also houses family-friendly attractions including one of those trampoline spots, a volleyball facility that hosts youth teams, and an alternative school. In fact, the proposed facility would be just 1,000 feet from the school, which serves kids 11-21 years old who "withdraw socially and emotionally, have difficulty with social skills, and have difficulty fitting in."
The proposed facility would also be within "walking distance" of three other schools.
Any red flags for you or is it just me?
The room was packed with folks on both sides of the issue, but before anybody got a word in. The village trustees voted to send the issue back to the zoning board for further discussion. Apparently when the issue came up at the previous zoning meeting few, if any, citizens showed up to share their concerns. (Related note: few, if any, citizens were aware of the zoning commission meetings.)
Once the discussion was tabled, the trustees allowed a few minutes for the room to empty out and I left with a friend. My friends who stayed reported that those who remained were allowed to air their concerns at the end of the meeting.
Although the discussion is just getting started, I want to share a few observations. Observations, not interpretations, which means I'm sticking to the facts.
It's very difficult to have a constructive dialogue about gun control. Emotions run high on both sides of the discussion. When I saw a notice posted about last night's meeting on Facebook, one person asked if there was data to validate safety concerns about having a gun shop/range within a certain distance of the high school. That person was then verbally attacked. (Note: this is a problem relating to other sensitive topics, too. When did looking to science and data become a bad thing?) People on both sides of the issue have a tendency to abandon arguments of logic and resort to naming-calling. They look at people on the opposite side of the issue as "others" rather attempt to understand them or find common ground. (Which is one of the reasons I'm game to going to a shooting range one day.)
Moms really do demand gun sense action. Based on the people who expressed a clear opinion without using their voices--like those holding "vote yes" signs or those wearing green ribbons (a nod to Sandy Hook and the need for gun control), the moms/women want gun sense and men want their local gun shop/range. This is not to say there was a strict gender line, but there was an apparent one. I've observed this before.
Smokers in this group favor the gun shop. As people left the non-meeting, small crowds gathered outside the building. To reach the parking lot, I had to pass next to the group of smokers at the bottom of the stairs outside the building, "vote yes" signs tucked under their arms as toxic secondhand smoke lingered in the air around them.
The traditional news media was out in full force last night and imagine in the coming weeks this issue will blow up on both sides. I'll keep you posted.
Oh, and I mentioned above that there are 4 schools within walking distance of the proposed shop, including that one just 1,000 feet away. I also have regional concerns. According to Tracing the Guns: The Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago, four gun shops in the Chicago suburbs account for 20% of the guns used in crimes in the city. All of these suburbs are adjacent to Chicago, as is Niles.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Next week is the big pie contest, so if you're a pie maker or pie eater, you'll want to come by. Last year I entered my first contest ever. It was fun. I made my first pie sometime in my late 30s and have only made a handful since.
The market requires entrants to make two piece- one for the judges to view and taste and another that will be sliced up and sold to benefit the local food pantry. I planned to buy my whole pie to bring home for dessert, but much to my surprise a man purchased it before I had the chance to. I was a bit miffed, but also quite flattered.
Not only did I learn that I make an attractive and tasty pie, but I can now offer up the following #ProTip. Use disposable pie tins when entering a pie contest.
I doubt my pie will win this year. Indeed, I'm going to make a "cricket crust." Yeah, that's what it sounds like. If we're connected on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen pics of my "chocolate chirp" cookies featuring cricket flour. The thing is, you only substitute about 1/6 or so of the wheat flour for cricket flour, so it's no biggie. You don't even taste it, really.
In other local news, my niece and I collected tadpoles last week in the spirit of the 1970s summers that everyone seems to be raving about online. Of the four we brought home, one developed into a cute little frog (toad?), but the other three are showing developmental abnormalities. That's a nice way of saying each has a missing or incomplete limb. Disconcerting, no? I'm going to post about this on The Maker Mom blog next week, so stay tuned.
Monday, June 02, 2014
This past hot and sunny weekend when sifting through my stash of gift cards and (expired) coupons. I came across the Capannari's card. And then I found another one!
Yesterday around brunchtime, I quickly emailed a hyperlocal group of friends inviting them for a spontaneous mom's night out, my treat.
- Not all of my friends check their email often enough to respond to an event that is just hours away from occurring.
- My friends are generally not a spontaneous lot.
Monday, May 19, 2014
What you see is not what you get when it comes to the "sticker" prices at many US colleges and Universities. Expert Susan Goodkin explains why you shouldn't write off Harvard or Yale based on the price. In fact, you shouldn't write off any college based on the sticker price because there are many merit aid options, too!
Listen as Susan explains it all.
(Note: we didn't have time to talk gap year.)
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This month we'll talk merit aid, scholarship dollars and the value of a gap year. If you miss the conversation live, you can always watch it later on YouTube. Even so, you can leave us related questions here right now (or in the comments below) and we'll weave them into our discussion.
Our discussions are quite informative, so if you've got a child in middle or high school and are starting to explore colleges, I encourage you to join in or at least give a listen.
During our April admission chat we talked about 2E kids, SAT subject tests, the Fisk guide and more. Click for a recap.
March College Admissions Hangout.