Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Nearly 1 in 3 teens has sent a nude picture of him or herself to someone else, and more than half have been asked to do so, according to new research on nearly 1,000 Texas teens. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, also found that teen “sexting” is strongly linked to actual sexual behavior.
About 77% of girls aged 14 to 19 who had sent a sext reported having had intercourse, compared with 42% of those who hadn’t sexted. For boys, 82% of those who had sexted had had sex, while 46% of non-sexters had done so. The study included teens in the 10th and 11th grades, with an average age of about 16 (the overall age range spanned 14 to 19).
A new report released Monday by the Institute for Supply shows that the U.S. manufacturing sector contracted last month for the first time in nearly three years, with the trade group's factory index falling from to 49.7, down from 53.5 in May:
In a press kit that was released in June, the UN was obviously cognizant of the backlash surrounding Second Amendment rights, going so far as to include a "Myths & Facts" section, which states:
Like a con artist trying to escape his past, ACORN Housing legally changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) two years ago after the devastating “pimp and pro” videos surfaced in 2009.
In those undercover videos created by conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles ACORN and ACORN Housing employees were shown offering helpful advice on setting up a brothel for pedophiles and breaking other laws. A year later the controlling entity in the ACORN network, ACORN Inc., filed for bankruptcy after Congress cut off its taxpayer funding and left-leaning foundations ran away from it.
Mayor Jim Ireton will hold a Press Conference at 1:00 PM to go on the attack against the reasonable members of the Salisbury City Council for not agreeing to his Downtown Revitalization Plan.
Ladies & Gentlemen, why not sell ALL of the City owned parking lots then? THINK about this for a minute. Would you sell the parking lots to a FREE Zoo or even place parking meters there? Would you sell the lots in the City Park and or add parking meters there?
NO, you would not! Yet the Downtown brings in millions of dollars in revenue in sales tax, business tax, property tax, meter income, permit income and yet this Mayor wants to take valuable property and give it away for a song and a dance to special interests to build entitlement affordable housing and section 8 housing.
IF it makes no sense to sell the Zoo and Park parking lots, then it makes NO sense to sell off what will become much needed parking that is already bringing in income. Once I revitalize Downtown Salisbury as your next Mayor we will NEED all that parking.
This Mayor needs to go and I'm very serious Ladies & Gentlemen. In his radio interview he showed how scared he was that I might get him off track and screw up. Heck Jim, your doing that on your own without any of my help. Go back to teaching because your proposal was the most amateur attempt at a business plan that I've ever seen.
Come to my Office Ladies and Gentlemen and listen to a REAL revitalization plan. Even Jim's liberal friends have come here and couldn't believe what they were hearing. One Radio Host came back for a second time to do another interview with me because he was so impressed and wanted more details. He flat out told me they were the best ideas he had ever heard of for Salisbury.
"This isn't Joe Albero's election to lose, it's the citizens election to lose".
Yeah Jim, let's hurt the business people who ARE paying taxes and bringing people Downtown even more. This guy is just a joke, hence the clown face.
But perhaps most infuriatingly of all, even in the face of all this evidence, the Obama administration has retained an absurdly oblivious stance on its behavior. “What do you mean, we’re hurting people,” their response usually goes, “don’t you want us to have clean air and water? Think of the children!”
And today, this condescending refusal to acknowledge that their agenda could hurt people has reached its peak. In an interview with Roland Martin on TV One’s “Washington Watch,” the head of the EPA herself, Lisa Jackson, made the jaw-dropping claim that the EPA has never been blamed for a loss of jobs.
It also exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau's latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.
There has been a dramatic shrinkage in the United States over the past 20 years in the number of workers actually employed and earning paychecks per worker who is not employed and is taking federal disability insurance payments.
“It happened last weekend when Cook was playing with friends on the manicured Donald Ross Course in West Caldwell. The first shot was on the 14th hole, a straight 150-yard Par 3 that looked good leaving the tee but rolled out of sight after landing on the green,” CBS New York reports.
“Cook, his partners, and the caddy all searched the area without luck until they found his ball where they least expected: in the cup. He’d aced it,” the report adds.
About a half hour later, Cook jokingly asked what the odds were of hitting another hole-in-one (about 1-in-67 million). Everyone had a good laugh but then, according to eyewitness accounts, Cook did it again.
The 1,343 U.S. fatalities since Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009 that have been reported up through the month of June 2012 account for 70 percent of the total 1,912 deaths that have taken place in and around Afghanistan since the war was started on Oct. 7, 2001.
So far this year, there have been 155 deaths, which is about 22 percent less than the 198 fatalities that took place during the same period last year (January thru June). May is the deadliest month so far in 2012 with 40 deaths. It is also deadlier than any other May of the war.
Production declined, and the number of new orders plunged, according to a monthly report released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management.
The slowdown comes as U.S. employers have scaled back hiring, consumers have turned more cautious, Europe faces a recession and manufacturing has slowed in big countries like China.
Talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne County, including Detroit, state officials announced. A recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.
"Not only do we want to turn some heads and get people talking, we hope everyone takes the message to heart," Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, said in a statement.
Guinness World Records declared the giant, blamed for deadly attacks before it was captured last September, is the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity in the world.
The news sparked celebrations in Bunawan, a farming town of 37,000 in Agusan del Sur province, but Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said it also fostered concerns that more giant crocodiles might lurk in a marshland and creek where villagers fish.
The Obama campaign has seized on remarks made by Romney adviser Eric "Etch-A-Sketch" Fehrnstrom this morning on MSNBC, to the effect that the individual mandate in Obamacare (and Romneycare) is not a tax. Fehrnstrom allowed Chuck Todd to push him off message--and re-ignited the fears that conservatives have long had about Romney's will and ability to fight. In response, conservatives--who had just coalesced around opposition to what many now call "Obamatax"--exhort: Mitt, start fighting, or give up and let someone else do it.Fehrnstrom's point--in defense of Romneycare--was that the Supreme Court was wrong to uphold Obamacare under the taxing power. The individual mandate was never intended to be a tax, Congress never called it a tax, and it wasn't a tax in Massachusetts, either. Fine--but now that Obama's lawyers went to court and called it a tax, and Chief Justice John Roberts called it a tax (and spare us the non-distinction between "tax" and the "taxing power") Obamacare is, undeniably, a massive tax on the middle class. Obama lied. It's that simple.
Dole Hearts of Romaine salads are being voluntarily recalled after one bag tested positive for listeria monocytogenes during a random check by the FDA.
The salads were distributed in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Recalled bags have a product code of 0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and a UPC code of UPC 7143000956. Consumers can find the product code and Use-by date in the upper right-hand corner of the package. The UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.
A four-month investigation of the $340 million taxpayer-funded "Wisconsin Shares" welfare childcare program found the program rife with abuse and loopholes.In one instance, research conducted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that four sisters with 17 children bagged $540,000.00 in taxpayer monies since 2006 by simply staying home and babysitting for each other. The most shocking part: it's perfectly legal.
"It's a loophole," said Laurice Lincoln, administrative coordinator for child care with the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. "Do we have concerns about it? Yes, it can be a problem. But if it's allowed, it's allowed. We really can't dispute it."There's more.
The Wisconsin Shares program also allows parents to work at childcare facilities where their kids attend. In one instance, the newspaper found an employer and parent team accused of bilking taxpayers for over $360,000.
If you were to take away all of the City employees you'd find a very small crowd leftover to listen to the Mayor spew his hate towards the majority of the City Council.
The Mayor stated he listened to the tape from last nights meeting where he said the only reason the Council President turned the plan down was because of trash. Well Jim, let's be specific here for a moment. The Council President, (since you said you listened two times) actually said the RESIDENTS on the Plaza have a trash issue. Yet you stood there without ONE single resident and impressed upon the crowd Mrs. Cohen was talking about the business owners. So get your facts straight and quit lying to people.
It doesn't matter to Jim Ireton though Folks because the rest of the BS Press, (not MSM, now called BS Press) will simply produce whatever this guy says. In fact Mayor Ireton stood there and actually BEGGED the Press to go to the Council Members homes and demand an interview on this matter. Jim, I really hope they do because the public will actually get the truth, unless they edit out what the Council Members say.
The Mayor went on to beg people to come to his Office or come find Laura Mitchell to sign a new petition they will be starting against the Council majority. STOP acting like a little girl Jim, seriously. Just because you don't get your way doesn't mean you stomp your feet and go running home to Mommy. He stated that they have worked very hard on this plan for the past two years. NO JIM< you have even admitted that you STOLE the plan from as far back as 30 years ago, YOU did NO hard work on it at all. You just wanted something to throw in the Council's face once again. If it WASN'T good enough 30 years ago it certainly isn't worth a crap today.
The biggest thing that bothered me was when the Mayor turned to Public Works and Planning and Zoning and demanded their staff come into his Office and sign the petition. THAT is abuse of power! Beside the fact that the majority of people there were City Employees, (once again) and the FACT that we taxpayers are PAYING out of our pocket every single time you don't get your way and or want to make it look like people like you, you bring in as much of the City staff as humanly possible.
You have to wonder Jim, did your parents stick a pork chop around your neck just to get the family dog to play with you?
A good Mayor, a true professional would have said, Ladies & Gentlemen, I must not have worked hard enough to impress this Council that this is a good idea. I will not give up and with your support together we can perhaps dig a little deeper, listen to both sides and make this thing work. TRY IT SOME TIME JIMMY, YOU MIGHT JUST LIKE IT.
DO NOT LET THE OTHER SIDE GET AWAY WITH PRETENDING OTHERWISE. I understand fully why the Democrats don’t want to campaign on the position that their ‘signature’ accomplishment is a horrific, promise-breaking middle class tax hike; it’s only slightly better than campaigning on a promise to give kittens leprosy. But that’s the Democrats’ problem, not ours. All we have to do is figure out new ways to keep the gloating albatross around their collective neck until the election. And one way to do that is to never, ever, ever let any apologist for the Democrats and/or Barack Obama get away with pretending that Obamacare [can be constitutional without being] a tax. If they get upset about that… good. That means that what you’re doing is working.
Keith and Jennifer Mason of Denver, Colo., lead PersonhoodUSA, a Christian ministry seeking to establish human rights under the law for all children from the beginning of their biological development, a controversial stance that would effectively ban all abortions.
But after a profile of the Masons and their work around the country appeared on The Daily Beast last week, the comments section below the article became so “vicious and personal,” the website confirms, the section had to be shut down.
Reportedly, someone even posted the Mason’s home address.
This is bad for the overall economy because it means a larger burden of government spending and it’s bad for poor people because it undermines their self reliance and self respect.
It also has very worrisome long-run effects on the stability and viability of a culture, as shown by these two cartoons.
A stark example can be seen in the food stamp program, which has morphed from a handout for the genuinely poor to a widespread entitlement for everyone from college students to the Octo-mom, and for products ranging from luxury coffee to lobster.
Here are some of the unpleasant details about the fiscal costs from Veronique de Rugy’s column in the Washington Examiner.
When the food stamp program was first expanded nationally in the 1970s, just 1 in 50 Americans participated. Today, 1 in 7 Americans receive $134 each month… With the bipartisan Farm Bill going through Congress right now, these high levels of dependency may become permanent. Some 70 percent of the nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill recently passed by the Senate will be spent on food stamps — that’s $770 billion over ten years. …An estimated 45 million Americans received food stamps in 2011, at a cost of $78 billion. That’s a twofold increase from just five years ago when 26 million people received benefits at a cost of $33 billion. …food stamp enrollment increased and spending doubled, even as unemployment and the poverty level dropped modestly between 2007 and 2011. The more important part of the story comes from the eligibility changes implemented by the Bush and Obama administrations.
The last sentence is the key. Eligibility has been expanded dramatically. Food stamps are slowly but surely becoming mainstream and that should worry all of us.
But food stamps are just one form of income redistribution. Welfare spending also is a problem.
The lawsuit claims that officials violated federal and state discrimination law, citing retaliation, a hostile work environment and conspiracy, according to a press release published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Matheny’s representation is hinging its argument upon the fact that it is illegal, concerning both state and federal laws, to make employment decisions based on religion or as retribution for an employee’s complaints about alleged discrimination.
1 person killed when National Guard C-130 crashes in South DakotaCOLORADO SPRINGS — The deadly crash of a military cargo plane fighting a South Dakota wildfire forced officials to ground seven other Air Force air tankers, removing critical firefighting aircraft from the skies during one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever to hit the West.
The C-130 from an Air National Guard wing based in Charlotte, N.C., was carrying a crew of six and fighting a 6.5-square-mile blaze in the Black Hills of South Dakota when it crashed Sunday, killing at least one crew member and injuring others.
President Obama offered thoughts and prayers to the crew and their families. “The men and women battling these terrible fires across the West put their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans,” he said.
Date of Incident: April 2012
Location: 32000 block of Mt. Olive Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: 1. Kristin Marie Joudrey, 23, Salisbury, MD
2. Joseph Charles Capone, 25, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 31 May 2012 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the location of a missing Federal Tax Refund. During the investigation, the victim identified a known suspect, Kristin Joudrey, who had assisted in completing the return utilizing Turbo Tax. The victim was unaware that Joudrey arranged to have the refund sent to her instead. Upon further
inquiry with the IRS and Turbo Tax, the deputy identified the checking account where the refund had been deposited. The listed owner of that account was the boyfriend, Joseph Capone, of Joudrey. Both Capone and Joudrey admitted to the theft and squandering of the tax refund.
The deputy obtained a warrant for the arrest of both Joudrey and Capone and arrested both on 23 June 2012 at 6:19 PM. Post arrest, both were transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After their initial appearance, the Commissioner released both on Personal recognizance.
Charges: Theft $1,000 to $10,000
Incident: Fugitive Arrest / Extradition
Date of Incident: 25 June 2012
Location: Newport News, Virginia
Suspect: Tawaka Ranessa Taylor, 34, Newport News, VA
Narrative: On 25 June 2012 at 12:15 PM, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office travelled to Newport News, VA where authorities had detained Tawaka Taylor who was wanted in Wicomico County after she failed to appear in the Circuit Court. The case Taylor failed to appear for was related to a charge of CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute.
Taylor was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and detained in the Detention Center pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Failure to Appear
Incident: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 27 June 2012
Location: Us. Rt. 50 at Naylor Mill Rd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Pete Edward Truitt III, 41, Delmar, MD
Narrative: On 27 June 2012 at 7:48 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pete Truitt in connection with an on-going domestic issue. Truitt is accused of violating a protective order and making repeated and annoying phone calls. A warrant for was obtained in this case which led to the arrest.
Upon arrest, the deputy transported Truitt to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Truitt in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 27 June 2012
Location: 26000 block of Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Rachel Nicole Demoss, 20, Delmar, MD
Narrative: On 27 June 2012 at 5:39 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault in the 26000 block of Nanticoke Road. During the investigation, the deputy learned that Rachel Demoss asked her ex-boyfriend for a ride to work. When Demoss declined to give her ex-boyfriend gas money, he told her to find another way to work. At that point Demoss allegedly punched the victim in the face.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the deputy obtained a warrant for the arrest of Demoss and that warrant was served the next day. Upon arrest, the deputy transported Demoss to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Demoss on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Incident: Motor Vehicle Theft
Date of Incident: 1 July 2012
Location: Hebron, MD
Suspect: Steven J. Brill, 46, Mardela Springs, MD
Narrative: On 1 July 2012 at 1:46 AM a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office observed a Ford Ranger pick-up truck that had recently been the subject of a “be on the lookout for” as a stolen vehicle. The deputy stopped the truck on Rt. 50 in the Hebron area and identified the driver as Steven Brill of Mardela Springs. When the deputy advised him the reason for the stop, Brill stated he was sorry for taking it.
The truck had been originally reported stolen in Talbot County.
The deputy arrested Brill and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Brill in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.
Charges: Theft of Motor Vehicle
Incident: Assault on a Deputy / Resisting Arrest
Date of Incident: 29 June 2012
Location: 1200 block of Johnson Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Brian Noel Greever, 55, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 June 2012 at 9:15 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a residence in the 1200 block of Johnson Road for the purpose of serving a protective order on Brian Greever. One of the stipulations of the order required Greever to vacate the residence. Instead of complying, Greever stated he was not leaving and then shoved the deputy in an attempt to flee out the
door. The deputy managed to stop Greever’s forward motion but had to engage in a physical altercation in order to subdue Greever.
Greever was taken into custody and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Greever on $35,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
The study and related data were recently produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START, at the University of Maryland. START was launched with a $12 million grant from DHS and is recognized by the organization as one of its “Centers for Excellence.” In December, DHS announced it was renewing START’s funding with another $3.6 million.
START recently released a study titled, “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008.”
The report noted that nearly one-third of all terrorist attacks from 1970 to 2008 occurred in five metropolitan counties run by Democrats.
When schools are not in session, many children do not have access to the good nutrition that we provide during the normal school year. The Summer Food Service Program is designed specifically to fill the nutrition gap for children of low-income families, when schools are not in session.
Meals will be provided from June 18-Aug. 3 on all weekdays except July 4. Meals are available to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Wicomico Schools has expanded the Summer Food Service Program to include lunch service at three playgrounds and parks, and one new location, New Dimensions Ministries, where children can enjoy both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast and lunch are also served at The Christian Shelter and Wicomico County Housing Authority.
Meals will be served at the sites and times as follows:
The Christian Shelter, 334 Barclay St., Salisbury
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
New Dimensions Ministries, 1907 Jersey Road, Salisbury
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
Wicomico County Housing Authority, 911 Booth St., Salisbury
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Indian Village Playground (Wicomico County Recreation and Parks)
Emerson Holloway Park (Wicomico County Recreation and Parks)
Doverdale Park (Wicomico County Recreation and Parks)
Please contact the Food Service Department of Wicomico County Public Schools at 410-677-4442 for more information.
The partnership between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the House Majority PAC, which most recently helped Democrats hang on to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ Arizona seat, marks the continuation of efforts to consolidate the work of multiple Democratic groups. In March, the House Majority PAC joined with the Majority PAC, its Senate-focused cousin, and Priorities USA Action, an Obama-blessed super PAC focused on the presidential race, to form an umbrella group called Unity 2012.
The advertising blitz will cover at least 47 competitive congressional districts nationwide and involve media buys in 38 markets.
The Board of Education approved the Consolidated Current Expense Budget of almost $175.5 million, an increase of nearly $6.9 million over the previous year’s budget. The increase is largely due to a $5.5 million boost in state aid.
The unrestricted portion of the school system’s budget is $162.5 million, a budget level that is 4.3% more than last year. The Board is appreciative of the County Executive and the Wicomico County Council for a 2.22% increase in county funding for FY 2013. This $803,108 increase (part of a total county allocation of $37 million) exceeds the Maintenance of Effort level for the first time since FY 2009 and will enable the school system to avoid cuts that could have affected direct face-to-face instruction and services for students. Included in this increase is the county’s additional allocation of $79,170 for Textbooks and Instructional Supplies, funding which will be put to good use in every classroom in Wicomico County.
Several other factors made this balanced budget possible:
• State funding for the Unrestricted Current Expense Budget at a level $5.3 million higher than the previous year, with growth in most state revenue line items including funding for Compensatory Education (based on Wicomico’s increasing percentage of students eligible for free and reduced meals), Foundation Programs, Limited English Proficiency, and Aging Schools.
• Utilization of $3.1 million in federal aid from the 2009 Education Jobs Fund, a one-time federal grant that must be used by September 30, 2012. These federal funds will not be available for the FY 2014 budget.
• A cut catalogue totaling nearly $2.5 million in reductions to existing budget areas, with cuts agreed on after months of discussion. The largest item is $1.16 million from the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Option (VRIO) to encourage staff members at the higher end of the salary scale to retire, resulting in salary savings due to employee turnover.
• Budget realignments totaling almost $5 million. Budget managers were required to evaluate their expenditures and their needs and explore realignments of existing funds before requesting any new funds.
Did you ever wish you had been adopted? Wish you had any other parents but your own?
Wish no more. State Senator Mark Leno of California (D) is coming to your rescue.
Leno is sponsoring legislation to allow a child to have more than two legal parents. Why, if Dad and Mom weren’t good enough, now you can have Dad, Mom, and Mom’s good friend Uncle Charlie (who looks a lot like you) to all be your parents.
Remember when you found that wedding certificate of Mom and Dad’s and the date was only four months before you were born and they had once mentioned that they had only known each other for a month before they got married? But Uncle Charlie knew Mom even before Dad? Don’t you worry about it. Now you can call Uncle Charlie dad, too. It’ll make things much easier.
Salisbury News has learned that a local investor has purchased the old Allfirst Bank on the Plaza and plans on opening an Auction House there.
Palmer Gillis bought the old Feldman's Building and plans on taking down everything with the exception of the three story building. I'm hearing they will open both ends on either side of the building all the way to the River and create an extension of the current River Walk.
Everyone's friend Phil from the Downtown Deli will be partnering up with Joey Gilkerson at the old Escape Restaurant. Phil will be serving Italian food and Joey will be running the Bar.
The Taylor's have been as aggressive as they can be trying to sell Parker Place and while it's been under contract a few times nothing has come through.
Believe it or not, I didn't realize there are TWO Bridal Shops across the street from each other on the Plaza. Did You?
As I sit in my Office every day and evening I get to see the new faces walking by. What I'm getting at is, there are new tenants filling up the apartments down here like there's no tomorrow.
You see Ladies & Gentlemen, all you have to do is TALK about doing something and people start getting excited. It has been a LOT of years since the Plaza has filled up to this kind of capacity. Downtown is NOT dead, it was just resting for a little while.
For what its worth, I have been considering moving Salisbury News to my 2nd and 3rd floor office space. Ever since I started considering it I have been aproached by two businessmen showing interest in renting the 1st floor of my building.
Downtown is alive and well. I still want to see a Bagel Shop & Coffee Shop down here.
GSK agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges for promoting the drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration — such as treating children for depression and treating adult patients for obesity, anxiety, addiction and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The company also failed to report clinical data about the drug Avandia to the FDA.
I'm happy to report that Coastal Hospice at the Ocean – our proposed hospice residence and outreach center - has received the support of the State of Maryland. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. James N. Mathias, Jr. (District 38) and Del. Norman H. Conway (District 38-B), we will receive $500,000 in the form of a bond. We have the matching funds in place and are ready to proceed with the project.
Both Sen. Mathias and Del. Conway expressed their appreciation for the work of Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care in their support of the bond bill, and we certainly appreciate their support as well. We're all looking forward to breaking ground soon on Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, but we have some work to do before that can happen. We'll keep you posted on our progress in future issues of this newsletter.
The people who care for our patients, the physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual and bereavement counselors and volunteers, come together in remarkable team. Every day we learn more about the depth of their dedication and compassion. Almost as much as our legislators, I have our staff and volunteers to thank for this exciting investment in the future of Coastal Hospice.
On behalf of the staff of Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care, I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!
Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care
2604 Old Ocean City Road Salisbury, MD 21804
PO Box 1733 Salisbury, MD 21802
We are hearing increasingly frequent complaint by those who deal with the City’s “PWD” that something is seriously amiss in that department. Permits and plan approvals are taking an inordinately long period and becoming unreasonably difficult to obtain because of multiple punch lists and unrealistic conditions being imposed. The root of the problem some folks believe is the department head - a former DELDOT bureaucrat - and a mayor who is unprepared and unable to exercise appropriate oversight and control.
Anyone who has had a recent unpleasant episode with Salisbury public works personnel or has significant information about the department’s malaise is invited to comment and contact me to discuss details. Confidentiality will be protected.
Beating Juveniles, Falsifying Reports, Hiding Drugs in His Squad Car, Stealing From Suspects: Meet the $60K-Per-Year Cop Who Can’t Be Fired
He has been accused of car theft, beating juveniles, falsifying reports, boarding a plane with a loaded gun, possession of narcotics, and stealing from suspects. He has been disciplined for driving with a suspended license, disobeying direct orders, and engaging in high-speed chases (one of which resulted in four deaths).
And then there’s this little gem [via the Miami Herald]:
In February 2008 … the state attorney’s office began noticing that key drug evidence in some of his cases was missing. [Bosque’s] police car was inspected, and investigators found an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle, a small bag of cocaine, crack pipes, Florida license plates, a pile of driver’s licenses he had seized, along with a stack of arrest reports he had never turned in
Recently, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Council of Volunteer Auxiliaries, held their 56th Annual Awards Luncheon and meeting in Grasonville, Maryland.
The “Holly Center Auxiliary” won the award for the organization contributing the most outstanding service to clients/residents during Fiscal Year 2011! Through the Canteen Boutique Project, the Holly Center Auxiliary has been instrumental in helping to enhance the quality of life for Holly Center people. During the fiscal year of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, auxiliary members donated a total of 1,432 hours to Holly Center.
The Holly Center Auxiliary’s goal is to continue their efforts in focusing on projects that directly aid in the improvement of the lives of Holly Center people. The members of the auxiliary reside in Wicomico, Worcester and Sussex counties. Kudos to all!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
In addition, we have women’s designer watches, bracelets, earrings, pocketbooks, scented botanical fragrance oils, home accents, and lots more! Proceeds are used by the Holly Center Auxiliary for the benefit of Holly Center people. We welcome support from individuals, community groups and organizations.
For more information on the Canteen Boutique, call Marlina Belote, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Relations, @ 410.572.6204.
In addition, volunteers are needed to assist staff with special events that directly benefit Holly Center people. If you would like you to consider becoming a volunteer of Holly Center, please contact the Office of Volunteer Services at 410.572.6204. The next scheduled volunteer orientation will be held on:
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
Pre-registration is required to attend the Volunteer Orientation. For more information, please call Marlina Belote, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Relations at 410.572.6204.
From Fox News
Whatever you think of Roberts' decision, his message was unequivocal. If you don't like ObamaCare then you'd better vote it down in November. In this he gives conservatives real clarity.
If the Supreme Court conservatives had voted down ObamaCare by a vote of 5 to 4 the liberals would not have accepted it, any more than the pro-life movement accepts Roe v. Wade. There was only one way in 2012 to make a Supreme Court decision to invalidate ObamaCare stick, and that would have been for Justice Kagan to join the conservative majority in a 6-3 decision. Why Kagan? Look at the other three liberals: Ginsburg was a liberal ACLU lawyer; Breyer was a Kennedy staffer; Sotomayor an affirmative action pick -- liberal hacks every one. But Elena Kagan was dean of Harvard Law School and Solicitor General; she is the liberal educated elite. Her vote to overturn would have been an admission from the educated establishment that ObamaCare was unjust and wrong.
Good luck with that. So the only way to make liberals accept a repeal of ObamaCare is by the brute force of political power, the mandate of the voters expressed at the ballot box, just as Chief Justice wrote in the majority decision.
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Anthony's roommate is.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and his roommate than met the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, Anthony volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just roommates.''
About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"
"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure." So he sat down and wrote an email:
I'm not saying that you "did" take the sugar bowl from my house; I'm not saying that you "did not" take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Several days later, Anthony received a response email from his Mama which read:
I'm not saying that you "do" sleep with Maria, and I'm not saying that you "do not" sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.
Moral: Never lie to your Mama
This will eventually collapse the system, unless penalties are made higher than the cost of insurance (which would require congressional approval--imagine that circus).
As a commenter at WSJ put it:
Obamacare will collapse of it's own accord. Do the math. It will be cheaper to pay the penalty than to buy insurance. For any health insurance to work you need healthy people that use little to no health care to pay into the system so that there will be a large enough pool of money to pay for those who require expensive care.
I am opposed to Obamacare but I can not wait for it to be implemented. The achilles heal of the Obama Health Care Tax scheme is that people will just wait until they are sick to sign up for insurance. As a result, billions will be removed from the insurance pool. The faster the plan is put into place the faster this flaw will become apparent and the faster this Ponzi scheme will be repealed.
If you doubt what I am saying research the Mass. health care plan that was in effect before the so-called Romney care plan.
This commenter is correct. Let's get the Obamacare show on the road. Pay the penalty, collapse the healthcare insurance industry and lets see what these nutjobs try next.
Retailers have been selling small soft-shell lobsters in the Portland area for an unusually low $3.79 to $4.99 a pound. At those prices, lobsters have been selling for less than the per-pound price of bologna at many supermarket deli counters.
Zain Nemazie, of Austin, Texas, was expecting low lobster prices _ but not this low _ while on vacation in Maine with his family.
Checkout lines can be much longer. Items such as Cheerios and broccoli can disappear from shelves. Some stores bring in extra staff.
Only nine states do business this way.
Now, that's about to change in Virginia, as the state Department of Social Services will begin to alter the way it issues SNAP benefits in September. By October the benefits will be dispersed on the 1st, 4th, 7th and 9th of the month, based on the last digit of the recipient's case number.
The change was spurred by retailers who said they had difficulty keeping their shelves stocked at the beginning of the month, said Tom Steinhauser, director of division benefit programs for social services. He said recipients also will benefit.
"The idea is to make sure that retailers can keep their shelves stocked so everyone is not running to the grocery store at the first of the month," Steinhauser said.
Florida, Other States Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion Four Years Before They Are Expected To Pay A Dime
The problem was this: a declaration of independence from King George III (and from Parliament, which was really the source of bureaucratic meddling and taxation of a staggering 1% of GDP), was that it led within six years to massive debt, hyperinflation, and increased taxation. After 1788, it led to more of the same. It has finally led to Nanci Pelosi's ideological agent on the bench, John Roberts.
In upholding Obamacare, which is in fact Pelosicare, Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion. He indulged in some lawyer-like deception, as lawyers are paid to do. The law specifically says that the mandatory payment for not buying insurance is a penalty, not a tax. He determined that this penalty would be unconstitutional if it were a penalty (commerce clause), so, lo and behold, it's a tax!
This is all nonsense, of course. The government has regulated lots of things under the commerce clause, telling people what they must do, can do, and cannot do. If the Supreme Court gives any regulation a thumbs-up, the regulation continues. No single case is going to reverse the federal bureaucracy from pursuing its agenda under the commerce clause.
Despite losing her left leg, right foot and both hands, the 24-year-old graduate student kept up her high spirits as she headed for an inpatient rehabilitation clinic in metro Atlanta.
Copeland's father, Andy, said she is ready for the next phase of recovery.
Botched House Construction Forces Couple To Tear Down $150K Worth Of Building To Make Room For A Pool
What's a little thing like $150,000 when a pool is on the line? A couple in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. went on vacation while their new house was being built, and weren't too happy when they came back to find it had been situated too far away from the curb. Not because they looove watching street traffic, but because that left no room in the back back the pool that was planned for the house. So they had it torn down to rebuild from scratch.
Sadly, there is an element to the Fourth that has always been a liability. It is that principles of politics, economics, ethics or any other practical field have been championed as if they were like principles of geometry, logic or mathematics, namely, timelessly true, certain beyond a shadow of a doubt. Like timeless laws of nature! And no practical principles can be like that since the future can always bring to light facts that could require modifying them. This was something the framers of the American system were well aware of, which is why they included the amendment provision in the constitution. This doesn't mean principles do not exist; only that they are always to be understood within the most up to date context of their subject matter.
Because the basic principles that are to be celebrated on the Fourth of July are derived from human nature, which remains stable over centuries on end, they are good guides to the way a human community should be framed or constituted. Human nature hasn't changed for a very long time and so it can serve as a stable basis for how human communities are to be conceived and governed. Many aspects of human life change but human nature has remained stable, unchanging for centuries and so it can serve as the basis of a legal order, just as the American founders believed, based on their study of some of the great moral and political thinkers in human history.
If, however, the possibility of having to make some changes, amendments, alterations or modifications on those principles is denied, their credibility suffers. No one can reasonably guarantee that those principles will never need some alteration and by promising that they won't, they become vulnerable to valid skeptical doubts. And those who have not liked the principles of the Declaration and the Bill of Rights, all the statists who live in the country, can take advantage of this and even ridicule the idea of our finding such stable basic principles. By making the mistake of claiming that the principles are everlasting they are put into jeopardy at the hands of their detractors and enemies.
The press conference will be live streamed here.
After the storms hit this weekend, Maryland experienced hurricane-scale power losses. Utility companies are working around the clock to restore power. Please continue to stay away from downed wires and let emergency personnel take the necessary precautions to restore power. For a current list of power outages, click here.
With temperatures expected to remain high today, it is important for everyone to remain cool and hydrated. The Governor has declared liberal leave today for all non-essential state employees. Stay safe, and please continue to check on neighbors throughout this time. If you are without air conditioning and need a place to go, visit a local cooling center.
Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, a decorated former Delta Force commander, U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and Purple Heart recipient, explained in the video a six-step plan used by revolutionaries to bring about Marxism elsewhere and drew parallels to Obama’s actions in the U.S.
Boykin’s warning resounds eerily today in particular, as the nation is reeling from the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a massive federal overhaul of health care and on the anniversary of Obama’s pledge to establish a “national civilian security force” – two events Boykin warned were markers of a “Marxist insurgency” in other nations.
Delmar -- As a public courtesy, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) wants to inform area residents that Norfolk Southern Railroad will close the railroad crossing on Old Race Track Road between Saint George Road and Bi State Boulevard in Delmar for repairs to the crossing. The crossing will be closed at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 9. The crossing will reopen by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, pending weather.
Westbound: Bi State Boulevard to West Line Road onto Delmar Road and return to Old Race Track Road
Eastbound: Old Race Track Road to Saint George Road onto West Line Road to Bi State Boulevard and back to Old Race Track Road
DelDOT will post signs to alert motorists of the closure and the accompanying detour routes.
On July 2, 2012 at approximately 2:20pm, officers responded to 502 W Main St for a reported body floating in the river. On arrival it was learned from a witness that he discovered the body floating near the tugboat that was moored near the W Main
Street Bridge. Salisbury Fire and EMS responded to the scene.
The Salisbury Fire Boat was requested to assist in the recovery.
The subject has been identified as William Alfred Cole Jr, 72yo of Salisbury, MD.
Due to the circumstances surrounding his death, Mr Cole will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, MD for an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Anyone that may have seen Mr Cole prior to 2:20pm on July 2, 2012 is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 410.548.3165.
As Bloomberg noted  last week:
JPMorgan benefited from the assumption that there’s a “very high likelihood” the U.S. government would back the bank’s bondholders and creditors if it defaulted on its debt, according to the statement. Without the implied federal backing, JPMorgan’s long-term deposit rating would have been three levels lower and its senior debt would have dropped two more steps, Moody’s said.
And as the editors of Bloomberg pointed out  a couple of weeks ago:
JPMorgan receives a government subsidy worth about $14 billion a year, according to research published by the International Monetary Fundand our own analysis of bank balance sheets. The money helps the bank pay big salaries and bonuses. More important, it distorts markets, fueling crises such as the recent subprime-lending disaster and the sovereign-debt debacle that is now threatening to destroy the euro and sink the global economy.
With each new banking crisis, the value of the implicit subsidy grows. In a recent paper, two economists — Kenichi Ueda of the IMF and Beatrice Weder Di Mauro of the University of Mainz — estimated that as of 2009 the expectation of government support was shaving about 0.8 percentage point off large banks’ borrowing costs. That’s up from 0.6 percentage point in 2007, before the financial crisis prompted a global round of bank bailouts.
To estimate the dollar value of the subsidy in the U.S., we multiplied it by the debt and deposits of 18 of the country’s largest banks, including JPMorgan, Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. The result: about $76 billion a year. The number is roughly equivalent to the banks’ total profits over the past 12 months, or more than the federal government spends every year on education.
A student living in the Prince Street Elementary attendance area who attended another school last year under Title I School Choice can either return to Prince Street for 2012-13, or can continue to attend the Public School Choice school attended last year, with parent transportation. A student can continue to attend the choice school through the school’s highest grade, as long as the parents provide transportation.
The U.S. Department of Education granted Maryland a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, including Public School Choice for students attending Title I schools that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress targets for two straight years.
The Title I School Assignment Request form must be filled out and returned by July 5 to Sandra Drummond, Title I Supervisor, Wicomico County Public Schools, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury, MD 21804. Forms not received by July 5 will result in students returning to Prince Street Elementary.
For information about the Public School Choice Program, please contact Sandra Drummond at 410-677-4518, or Susan Jones, Director of Elementary Education, at 410-677-4496.
Summer is typically a slow time for Inova Health System's blood donation center in Sterling, which services 15 hospitals in the area.In the aftermath of Friday's storm, area hospitals have issued an emergency call for blood donations.
"In particular right now, though, [donations] have dropped even further than normal," says A.J. Hughes, assistant director of blood donor services at Inova.
I have believed that things should be done without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.
The shame, the shame.
I will make a clean breast of yet more. I have been against all discrimination by race or sex, against affirmative action, racial set-asides, special treatment for women, quotas, and favoritism by the government and the media. Oh the guilt I feel! I have been a beast, worse even than the Grand Flagon of the Invisible Umpire of the Ku Klux Klan.
There is still more. I have read, and believed, and steeped myself in the pernicious theories of known racists, such as Martin Luther King, who once said openly, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
By launching and running a insurgent liberty-oriented campaign against an entrenched, big spending and big borrowing establishment hack, I believed we were doing something useful. Many agreed with me. Many helped and I thank everyone who gave us time, talent, money and best wishes.
There were costs, and I want to reflect on these, because many of these costs weren’t what I’d expected. Certainly, I spent my own money (and yours), wore out my transmission and my tires, and consumed a lot of time that otherwise would have been spent on work and family. That happens to every candidate.
But beyond that, my contributions to LewRockwell.com dropped off in the year I spent campaigning. Instead of writing what I loved to write, I wrote less rewarding short essays relating to liberty and paleo-conservatism aimed specifically at the 6th District audience. I missed my LRC readers. I missed their attention to detail, their deep grasp of history and economics, their insight and their ability to explore difference of opinion deftly and without alienation of affection. Writing for a generally uninformed public on the proper role of the state, on real liberty, and the true nature of the free markets and free exchange was not easy. The lack of a shared language of liberty and a shared contempt for the state was sharply evident.
Owner John Willey II says collecting trash and recyclables is a natural extension of other services currently offered to area residents.
“We are already visiting homes delivering oil & propane, doing service work, and on the Construction side, dropping off storage pods, portable restrooms and roll off dumpsters,” says Willey. “Collecting trash is one more convenience we can offer our customers.”
Willey adds that discounts are offered for customers electing to use multiple services.
“If a homeowner gets oil or propane from us and has a monthly service plan, that’s two services,” says Willey. “They then qualify for a lower rate for trash/recycling collection – as low as $19.67 a month. So we can reward them with savings for being a great customer.”
To sign up for the once-a-week trash and recycling service, Sussex residents and businesses can call 302-629-3001 or visit PenOil.com and click the Contact Us link.
“This bill ensures that our workers aren‘t left on the unemployment lines because of workers who aren’t permitted to be here in the first place,” the bill’s author Sen. Kim Ward (R-PA) said during a Senate debate.
If signed by Gov. Corbett, public works contractors will be required by law to use the federal online “E-Verify” system. However, it’s important to note that the bill only affects publicly-funded programs. Private projects are exempt.
Markets are true democracies. The allocation of resources, capital and labour is achieved through the mechanism of spending, and so based on spending preferences. As money flows through the economy the popular grows and the unpopular shrinks. Producers receive a signal to produce more or less based on spending preferences. Markets distribute power according to demand and productivity; the more you earn, the more power you accumulate to allocate resources, capital and labour. As the power to allocate resources (i.e. money) is widely desired, markets encourage the development of skills, talents and ideas.
Planned economies have a track record of failure, in my view because they do not have this democratic dimension. The state may claim to be “scientific”, but as Hayek conclusively illustrated, the lack of any real feedback mechanism has always led planned economies into hideous misallocations of resources, the most egregious example being the collectivisation of agriculture in both Maoist China and Soviet Russia that led to mass starvation and millions of deaths. The market’s resource allocation system is a complex, multi-dimensional process that blends together the skills, knowledge, and ideas of society, and for which there is no substitute. Socialism might claim to represent the wider interests of society, but in adopting a system based on economic planning, the wider interests and desires of society and the democratic market process are ignored.
This complex process begins with the designation of money, which is why the choice of the monetary medium is critical.
Like all democracies, markets can be corrupted.
Whoever creates the money holds a position of great power — the choice of how to allocate resources is in their hands. They choose who gets the money, and for what, and when. And they do this again and again and again.
Who should create the monetary medium? Today, money is designated in the ivory towers of central banks and allocated through the banking system. Historically, in the days of commodity-money, money was initially allocated by digging it up out of the ground. Anyone with a shovel or a gold pan could create money. In the days of barter, a monetary medium was created even more simply, through producing things others were happy to swap or credit.
While central banks might claim that they have the nation’s best democratic interests at heart, evidence shows that since the world exited the gold exchange standard in 1971 (thus giving banks a monopoly over the allocation of money and credit), bank assets as a percentage of GDP have exploded (this data is from the United Kingdom, but there is a similar pattern around the world).
"This is people's worst nightmare," Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, tells WTOP.
Bulova says she will ask the Washington Area Council of Governments to take action on the failure.
I initially thought we had cause for despondency when I only heard the results of the decision and not the reason or the make-up of the sides. I have now read a large portion of the decision and I believe that it was precisely the result that Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts and even Kennedy wanted and not a defeat for conservatism or the rule of law. I believe the conservatives on the court have run circles around the liberals and demonstrated that the libs are patently unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. Let me explain.
First let me assure you that John Roberts is a conservative and he is not dumb, mentally unstable, diabolical, a turncoat, a Souter or even just trying to be too nice. He is a genius along with the members of the Court in the dissent. The more of the decision I read the more remarkable it became. It is not obvious and it requires a passable understanding of Constitutional law but if it is explained anyone can see the beauty of it.
The decision was going to be a 5–4 decision no matter what, so the allegation that the decision was a partisan political decision was going to be made by the losing side and their supporters. If the bill was struck down completely with Roberts on the other side there would have been a national and media backlash against conservatives and probably strong motivation for Obama supporters to come out and vote in November. With today’s decision that dynamic is reversed and there is a groundswell of support for Romney and Republicans, even for people who were formerly lukewarm toward Romney before today, additionally Romney raised more than 4 million dollars today.
Newt Gingrich issued a warning, based on the destructive storms that hit the Washington, D.C. area over the weekend, on Twitter: Friend and coauthor bill forstchen notes washington-baltimore blackout mild taste of what an emp (electromagnetic pulse) attack would do — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 2, 2012 And, later, the former Republican presidential candidate added:
FRUITLAND, MD (July 2, 2012) – Ace Hardware ranks highest in customer satisfaction among home improvement retailers for a sixth consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study.
Having a helpful and knowledgeable sales staff and making the shopping process easy are key drivers of customer satisfaction, according to the study, which measures customer satisfaction with home improvement retail stores based on performance in five factors.
They are staff and service (including availability, courtesy, knowledge); store facility (including ease of finding merchandise and cleanliness); merchandise (including availability and product information); price; and sales and promotions.
“Customer satisfaction has always a core value at Rommel’s ACE,” said Dick Livingston, vice president with Rommel’s ACE in Fruitland. “We are happy to be recognized once again for helping our shoppers get the most from their experience in our stores.”
Ace Hardware achieves a score of 781 on a 1,000-point scale and performs particularly well in staff and service and store facility. Lowe's ranked second in the study for the second consecutive year with a score of 769 and performed particularly well in the merchandise factor.
Finishing below the industry average of 758 were Menards (755), The Home Depot (750), True Value (742) and Sears (734).
Overall customer satisfaction has declined slightly among all but one of the retailers included in the study. However, high-ranking retailers continue to differentiate themselves through their knowledgeable and courteous staff and shopper-friendly processes like checkout and returns.
"While many retailers have struggled to right-size their staff with the down economy, Ace Hardware and Lowe's clearly have kept the focus on their customers," said Christina Cooley, senior manager of the home improvement industries practice at Westlake Village, Calif.-based J.D. Power and Associates. "To create delighted customers, home improvement retailers must assist customers quickly, help them find the items that they need, and do this with a customer-friendly attitude."
The study finds that high customer satisfaction leads to store loyalty. Approximately two-thirds (64%) of customers rating their retailer "outstanding" are likely to return to the store or the same chain of hardware stores the next time they shop for home improvement products, compared with just one-fifth of customers not rating their retailer "outstanding" who are likely to do the same.
High-ranking retailers not only have a lower merchandise return rate, but also receive higher satisfaction ratings for their return process. Forty-five percent of customers indicate that they returned merchandise in the past 12 months.
"If retailers' staff are providing the helpful, informative assistance that customers require, there's a less likely chance the customer will have to return the merchandise, which not only keeps the customer satisfied, but also helps to mitigate the inconvenience," said Cooley.
J.D. Power and Associates' social media research also reinforces the study findings, as the main conversations taking place online about home improvement retailers relate to consumer preference for knowledgeable and professional customer service, seeking interaction with sales staff who have professional or real-life experience (rather than seasonal employees) and retailer loyalty and willingness to travel farther for the right advice/service, materials and price.
The study is based on responses from more than 6,100 customers who purchased a home improvement product or service within the previous 12 months from a retail store that sells home improvement products. Customers were asked to evaluate their primary home improvement retailer. The study was fielded in January and February 2012.