I’m Endorsing… Walmart for President

In the immortal words of Mitt Romney – “Corporations are people, my friend.”

Unlimited corporate spending on elections is the driving force in our democracy. Yet, there is a growing movement in this country to deny corporations the rights afforded to them by the Supreme Court of the United States. Los Angeles passed a resolution declaring that corporations are not people and money isn’t speech. South Carolina Democrats want to put a resolution on the ballot asking the public to vote on corporate personhood. There are even people who would blame the lingering recession and growing inequality in our society on major corporations.

That is why, today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. It’s time to take a stand and fight for those who have come under so much attack in recent months, the 1%. They need a strong voice in this race, and as America’s largest private employer and the world’s largest retailer, with over $480 billion in revenue in 2010, I am that voice. Some might scoff at such a notion, since no major corporation has ever even been elected to Congress. But this is America-where corporations are considered people and any retail conglomerate can grow up to be President.

                                        Walmart for President

News of the Wierd !

       County clamps down on UPS seasonal storage sites

For the past five years, UPS has set up seasonal distribution centers in which the company stored packages in peoples’ garages and in portable storage units for delivery throughout Brevard County neighborhoods — all, it turns out, in violation of county laws.

Brevard County commissioners shut that operation down Tuesday, threatening the company with $500 per day fines for each of its makeshift distribution sites. There were nearly a dozen storage sites, mostly on Merritt Island and near Rockledge. Complaints were received on 10 locations that were investigated and verified by Brevard County Code Enforcement.

“We weren’t aware of this until two weeks ago,” said Robin Sobrino, director of Planning & Development. She said the storage units were in unincorporated areas of the county.

County officials said the company was violating zoning ordinances by establishing commercial businesses in residential neighborhoods.

“You guys can’t do this in Brevard County,” Commissioner Andy Anderson told UPS officials. The county’s rule applies only to unicorporated areas.

Brevard isn’t the first county to stop UPS from running such an operation. Seminole County also found the company in violation of ordinances earlier this year.

Kim Williams, human resources manager for UPS, said the company has 42 operating facilities and 15,000-plus employees in Florida, including Palm Bay and Rockledge. The company anticipates delivering 120 million packages in Florida and plans to hire 3,000 driver helpers and more than 1,000 employees for seasonal help. Many of those are high-schoolers and college-aged students who work through the holidays. They deliver the packages using golf carts.

Commissioner Trudie Infantini said she applauds UPS for hiring the workers, but said putting portable storage units in neighborhoods “isn’t the best choice.”

Williams said the company would abide by county codes. “We’ll be in compliance,” he said.

“Prior to 2009, we used garages to store packages in gated communities, so we would put golf carts in there and deliver. In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed legislation to allow us to use golf carts on roads with posted 30 mph or less speed limits, so we expanded that to other residential areas,” Williams said.

Williams said the practice has helped the company reduce emissions, make earlier deliveries, keep its vehicles out of neighborhoods after dark, and saved thousands of gallons in gas. There are 700 teams throughout Florida using garages and portable storage units “with little to no public opposition,” Williams said.

Merritt Island resident Clay Jeffries said he does not want a commercial business in his neighborhood.

“They do what they want, when they want and where they want for the almighty dollar,” he said of UPS.

Commissioner Robin Fisher said the company is usurping the permitting process.

“I am shocked that UPS, which is a great company, is allowing this to tarnish their image,” Fisher said. “I don’t understand this one.”

Contact Walker at 321-242-3527 or dwalker@floridatoday.com.

Smooth sailing thus far, driver says

United Parcel Service employee John Kast switched his delivery mode into high gear this month in an effort to keep up with the holiday demand.

Kast is one of two UPS employees who have volunteered to make deliveries by bicycle in an effort to increase efficiency, save fuel and promote wellness.

“When they asked me if I would be interested in riding a bike, I said, ‘Sure,’ ” Kast said. “I hadn’t ridden a bike probably since high school, but I thought it was a good idea. So far, it’s worked out well.”

Since mid-November, Kast has been loading a bicycle equipped with a trailer into a delivery truck and heads out into a different designated neighborhood with the truck driver.

At a predetermined stop, Kast said he piles from 20 to 25 packages, depending on weight and size, on the bike trailer and heads out on two wheels with the deliveries.

“It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be,” Kast said of pedaling the routes. “It’s a lot better than walking and a lot more quicker than in the truck. You just hop on the bike and go.”

Kast said by using the two-wheel mode of transportation, he’s able to make between 20 to 25 deliveries in an hour, compared to about only 15 while walking the same route with a hand cart.

A bicycle also makes it easier to do deliveries in certain areas that aren’t as accessible by truck.

“It works out great in areas like condos where we would normally have to park the truck down the street and walk,” he said. “Now we can maneuver through those areas on bicycles. It’s a lot more convenient.”

Kast said he was a little sore the first week he rode the bike, but has adjusted to the routine.

“It’s actually been good exercise,” he said. “Sometimes when I first start out, I’m pulling anywhere from about 200 to 250 pounds and going uphill that can be a pretty good workout.”

The one drawback to using bicycles Kast said is that when the weather is bad, they aren’t permitted to ride them.

“Fortunately in Pueblo, we don’t have too many of those days,”he said.

The Pueblo Chieftain

Our World Will Never Improve Until This Happens

Section 1 [Corporations are not people and can be regulated]
     The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
     Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
     The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
     Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]
     Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.
     Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
     The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
     Section 3
Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.

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