3/50 project

November 20, 2011 at 9:55 am (domestic life, food, fun, niles, politics) (, , , , , , , , , )

So It is all about local business . It turns out that for every 100.00 spent in a local independent store 68.00 comes back to the community – only 43.00 if you spend it in a chain and well, nothing if it is online. ( there are some intersting exeptions to this)

The project info can be found here. it looks like brick and motar counts in the project because of commercial property tax. What this site is asking you to do is think of 3 independent brick and motar business and commit to spending 50.00 dollars out of you budget at them – instead of at a chain.

I have a few quibbles with this. But only because it doesn’t count a home based business like Pamela’s Soap or an online delivery business like Nile Pie . However , because they don’t have commercial property taxes – they don’t fit the model. But if you read through the 3/50 project site – they aren’t against such business – they just don’t fit the strict model.

Now I actually do spend at money at local business. the big grocery stores, clothing stores, and hardware stores that I use are chains. Sadly, book buying is mostly on line – but if I am near a bookstore – I buy.

I’ve read a few post about not buying for the holidays – but I think supporting the local independent businesses is a better idea.

So some local favorites:

Corrie Glass
Mr Mikey’s – hey i just found out they deliver!
th e Vine in Niles
the Nile Cafe
Bronco Billy’s ( small local chain)
kiowa rose
Picnic sandwich bistro

I’m  wondering  if  I  can  make  a bigger  list,  by  thinking  about it a  little  more

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Quote

October 8, 2009 at 10:56 am (politics) ()

“At present the United States has the unenviable distinction of being the only great industrial nation without universal health insurance.”

from The Progressive, 1917

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Insurance

August 11, 2009 at 9:18 am (domestic life, politics, rant) ()

In my house we are once again having fun with insurance. The story so far.

DHnworked for co X — but new management said goodbye. Luckily, DH started at co Z – a consultancy , but the with the economy as it has been — he needed to move to co Z. Co Z was unhappy with the insurance plan that they had. So we have new insurance, maybe. The Transition has not gone smoothly. Meanwhile I am getting call from my docotors office asking about what my insurance co said about bills in Jan, Mar, and May. Note that it is august.

Without even looking at this collection of health care stories guess how badly I think something needs to change.

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The Today show on libraries

June 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm (library, library tech, politics) ()

Video here.

Two things: 1) I am happy to say the libraries I work in do not seem to be anymore dangerous than before and 2) Hoping a library gets more money is nice, but letting legislators know would be better.

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Library funding

June 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm (library, politics) ()

If you live in CA,it is bad times for  libraries. 

While this information is about Alameda County Libraries, all of Californias libraries are in a similar position.

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bullshit

May 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm (politics, rant) ()

Not my  usual style but the decision to on Prop 8  by the California supreme  court was utterly  ridiculous and not worth waiting for.

So  Prop  8 stands –  no  same-sex marriage, BUT if you got married , you can still be married.

So a legal , state  recognized marriage is a matter of timing?

I don’t  care where you stand on the issue,  you can’t being happy  with a non-decision.

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