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Ted Buchanan April 21, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Who has even heard of these stores? Didn't Aaron Bros.go under in 1987? Who wants to take the timeRead More to hack into these accounts? Dummies that shop there don't have any money! Low-brow and low income customers who bring in their 5 screaming kids ( 4 are obese!) And their parents let them terrorize the rest of the shoppers. Free babysitting while Mommy orders an extra large Slushee for Remo and his ADD. Why ? Parents weren't parented either. Or its considered cute as Jr. has his meltdown with sticky chocolate fingers ! Count me out...
yourusmcboyelvises April 21, 2014 at 09:20 pm
you elvisees need to grab a par and march on the lilly house and drag those obummers and smoldens toRead More the streetskies for some real justskies. before icks too lakes.
Scott Peterson April 21, 2014 at 09:44 pm
Security is a deterrent not a preventative measure. There is no way to be secure from everyRead More possibility because it is impossible to even conceive of every possibility. Instead we try to secure against the threats we know of through experience and those we may anticipate through inference extrapolated from those experiences. The businesses are naturally and rightly profit driven and things that do not directly and or immediately hurt the bottom line do not get priority funding. Thieves too are profit driven though they are less regulated than business and in general face more personal risk than businesses typically do toward realizing their bottom line. Due to the actual few distinctions between the thief and business the thief must be the more resourceful of the two and thus more innovative. Security is always going to be a reactionary means of preventing theft. The proactive means to prevent theft are to accept there is no absolute security and otherwise either too expensive, too harsh, too time consuming or some combination of those. Considering how long humanity seems to have dealt with the issue, one might think we would have tried all of the available variables and figured it out sometime during the last 5000 years through trial and error. Oh wait, we have. Communities where the moral code is instilled in the population from cradle to grave coupled with punishment, justly applied, for infractions have almost zero crime and it costs them almost zero dollars. Face it folks, we're all hippy freaks living in/on a commune we call Earth. Continually spending good money over top of bad as our orthodox approach has required over the centuries has only produced more crime and or prisons. This implies more crime/prisons is the goal if you THINK.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
mark April 18, 2014 at 05:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 11:57 am
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
Coldwater Creek has announced it will be closing later this year. Patch File Photo
D. Mom April 15, 2014 at 07:08 am
This is my favorite store! Hate to see it go. What store offers the same type of merchandise forRead More the same price?
Jasmine Tokuda April 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm
I really like the quality and cut of their clothes...It's amazing that Kohls can sell absolute junkRead More and be growing, and a company committed to quality can't compete....Wake up people don't you think you deserve good quality clothes?...Quit shopping for a race to the bottom based on price...price and value are not the same thing.....
Ken Briggs March 31, 2014 at 11:58 am
so what is the prices between the two ? then what size do they give out for the free cup of mud ?Read More just asking , i rather have a cup of tea .
lubov mazur March 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Maybe it's good coffee in the morning, but by evening it's pretty bad because must be the same potRead More to taste like that.
Ken Briggs March 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm
but why the free coffee for ? i rather have tea m for it is not a used tea bag . coffee maybeRead More watered down
Following months of "Fight for $15" protests calling on higher wages for fast-food workers, some California McDonald's employees have joined in six lawsuits filed in three states.
Giorgio C. March 15, 2014 at 06:21 pm
I think some of my homeowner comment is motivated by the mixed messages society is sending out. ForRead More example, everyone is against unions these days. Everyone is against employees having any kind of tenure or job stability. But then our government tries to give us incentives to own a home. Everyone needs to own a home! Well, if no one wants workers to have job stability/protection, then it seems pretty dumb to buy a home. We now need to be nomadic, ready to pick up and move any time and all the time. That's what todays society wants. Somehow, this ties in with the McDonalds issue. I don't deserve breaks for buying a home if we can't afford to help those who need it the most. Home buying was a choice. Government should stay out of it altogether. They have made a mess of things. There would be plenty of jobs in the rental business, too. Somehow, home buying has turned into a another form of welfare with the tax credits, prop 13, etc.
Stewart Gooderman March 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm
To Mr Giorgio C: Government hasn't made a mess of things. *We* did to ourselves by not doing ourRead More homework and electing representatives who have misrepresented themselves and who have been bought out by money interests. It's much harder to get at the truth today because channels of information have been hijacked by these money interests who control the content you hear and see. People mistakenly think that our airways can be trusted. That is no longer the case. One now has to use unorthodox means to get at the truth. Now, the idea behind home ownership comes from the idea that you need two basic things in life: food and shelter. True home ownership guarantees the latter. Renting never will. That's why the government gives this incentive. And I'll tell you what, I'll give up my home deduction when the government decides to tax all the off shore holdings of all individuals and all corporations.
Giorgio C. March 16, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Stewart, I will also hang onto my home deduction until these other wrongs you have cited have beenRead More corrected. First thing's first. Thanks for the reminder!
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timothy March 8, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Hope you are right Chacha
Phil Simmons March 8, 2014 at 04:02 pm
ChaCha's got it right. Safeway was not bought by Albertsons. It was bought by Cerberus. They are aRead More capital management company. They buy stuff that needs to be restructured due to either bad business or changing economic models. "Super"markets are a dying breed. The mega stores like Costco and Sam's Club are beating them from the top. TJ's, Sprouts and dozens if not hundreds of neighborhood stores around the country are beating them from the other end. And the middle can't survive either because Walmart, Target, and other discounters are beating them in that space. Anyone that does not believe this needs to consider just one thing. Go to all of the other type stores, look at how busy they all are. Then realize that every dollar that goes to Costco, TJ's, Grocery Outlet, Walmart, etc is one more dollar that no longer goes to Safeway, Lucky, Albertsons, or the other "super"markets. The future will not look like the past. This buyout is just one of many that have already happened nationwide, such as Kroger buying Harris Teeter. This is step one in the downsizing and eventual elimination of the 1950's - 90's era "Super"market.
Phil Simmons March 8, 2014 at 04:09 pm
One other thing. If the City of Hercules continues to go along with the sale of its property toRead More Safeway/Albertsons/Cerberus and continues down the path of building a "super"market/parking lot/gas station type store it will be building obsolescence. It will be planning and developing a 20th century concept even though we are 14 years into the 21st century. The future will eventual show it to be the folly that it is.
Nurses picketed at the Alta Bates Summit hospital in Berkeley on Jan. 15, 2014 to protest layoffs and cuts. Photo credit: Rory Merry
Robert Zweben January 16, 2014 at 09:12 am
All my children and grand children were born at Alta Bates. I have had several operations there. IRead More have gone there for numerous other procedures. It has been a good hospital. Today, and over the last few years, it is clear that it cares about its bottom line more than it does the delivery of affordable health care. I suspect all the top salaries are very generous. To maximize the bottom line, staff wages are being cut along with quality health care. And, the cost of care is going up. A for profit health care system is not what we need in America. I support the nurses and other on the front lines staff.
Stephanie Travis January 22, 2014 at 01:26 am
Some years ago the care at Alta Bates, with the exception of the emergency room, was very good, butRead More in the last year, perhaps longer, conditions at both Summit and Alta Bates, have drastically deteriorated. I had two major surgeries last May, one at Alta Bates and one at Summit. The rooms and bathrooms were filthy, nurses almost always took at least 20 minutes to answer a call button, and when they did arrive they took another 10 minutes entering data into a computer before assisting patients. It has gotten so bad that one patient at Alta Bates called 911 because he couldn’t get any help from the nurses. A friend of mine had five stents put in at Summit. Because no one would answer her call button she started painfully walking to the nurses’ station, even then it took some time to get anyone to help her. Several times I had to plead with nurses to come and help some of the roommates I had. It was really heartrending to see sick people, many of whom were elderly, treated so badly. There were several exceptions to the unprofessional nurses and other staff at the two hospitals but of the 40 or so nurses and other staff I dealt with, I can count those exceptions on one hand. I’ve never been in a hospital in a third world country but I believe I now have an idea of what the conditions are like. Many nurses at Alta Bates make over a $100,000 a year and some of the operating nurses make more than some surgeons. It seems every six months or so the nurses at Alta Bates and/or Summit go on strike and I’ve gone deaf to their pleas for more money. My sister was a nurse for over 40 years and I have always had great respect for the profession, but clearly the nurses at these two hospitals don’t have the same ethics as other nurses I have had the pleasure to come in contact with over the years.
Stephanie Travis January 22, 2014 at 01:31 am
I neglected to say that the medical care I received from doctors at both hospitals, with theRead More exception of the emergency room at Alta Bates, was absolutely outstanding.