I’ve received a few posts lately slaming unions for the lost of the vernable Twinkie. Perhaps this will clarify just who flew the Twinkie into the carbage disposal and left the wrapper on the floor.
Hostess Executive Bonuses: Twinkie-Maker To Seek Approval For $1.8 Million In Bonuses During Liquidation
11/29/12 07:55 AM ET EST
NEW YORK — Hostess Brands Inc. plans to ask for a judge’s approval Thursday to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million as part of its wind-down plans.
The maker of Twinkies, Continue reading
BY RICHARD L. FRICKER
My friend, the late L.J. Davis, once described the American political situation as a “Slow Riot.” That was, perhaps, 20 years ago. L.J. never lacked for an opinion on any subject. But his words seem to be on the mind these days as we head into a new Congress, new legislative sessions and presidency.
If the recent election showed anything, other than winners and losers, it was a demographic of divisiveness. The root causes of this divide can be polled, analyzed and discussed while providing much grist for the pundit mill. But the fact remains: much of America is divided against itself.
And such deep divisions are not good for a republic. Continue reading
Posted in Oklahoma Observer
Tagged Affordable Care Act, Congress, death penalty, immigration reform, marijuana, ObamaCare, Oklahoma Legislature, partisanship, political divide, politics, prison industrial complex, Republicans
Considering I have been on hiatus with another project during this election cycle I thought I would add this thought as the polls open. First, voting is a duty whether you like the candidate options or not, it’s too precious to sit on the sidelines in a snit just because you didn’t get your candidate on the ballot. The process is flawed in places and there are those such as Florida Governor Scott trying to drive a truck though those flaws. The only way to defeat the Scott’s of the world is to vote.
As to voting itself. After all the speeches, brickbats and millions, voting comes down to me (as in you) and my choice.
My choice was made four years ago when the Republican leadership and the Koch Brothers funded Tea Party made it clear their efforts would not be directed toward the good of the American people, rather their efforts would be directed to making the duly elected administration fail.
These political and moneyed tyrants Continue reading
By Richard L. Fricker
DENVER—-This mile high city moves, downtown is alive with small shops and high dollar chains, bistros and restaurants of every imaginable cuisine. Bicycles, scooters and free public transportation shuttle a continuous stream of office workers and tourists among buildings and coffee shops to home appears to be a seamless rhythm of commerce and entertainment.
Embedded in this continuum of commerce are medical marijuana outlets. These shops are as much a part of downtown as the stadiums and arenas hosting the Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies; they are a part of Denver culture.
There are approximately 1,500 such outlets throughout the state. In addition to establishing medical marijuana as a legitimate business they provided a previously untapped revenue stream for city, county and state governments.
While outlets are, as most businesses, reluctant to provide exact profit numbers they do provide a general idea of monies paid into government coffers. According to downtown outlet operators interviewed, and then extrapolated across the state, medical marijuana generates about $53.5 million in fees and another $150 million in taxes. Continue reading
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Tagged Denver, L.E.A.P., Lotus, Medical marijuana, Oklahoma, Okllahoma Observer, Richard L. Fricker, Sen. Connie Johnson, Tulsa