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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:53 PM
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Hillary urged Wal Mart to practice diversity, environmentalism on BOD...
As a member of the WalMart board of directors, Hillary CLinton used her position to urge WalMart to practice diversity, to track the hiring of more women and minorities, and to address environmental concerns...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060310/ap_on_el_se/hillary...



Bob Ortega, author of "In Sam We Trust," a history of Wal-Mart, said Clinton used her position to urge the company to improve its gender and racial diversity. Because of Clinton's prodding, Walton agreed to hire an outside firm to track the company's progress in hiring women and minorities, Ortega said.

"These were things the company was not addressing and wouldn't have, had she not pushed them to do so," Ortega said. "She's somebody who could definitely get things done."

In fact, Clinton proved to be such a thorn in Walton's side that at Wal-Mart's annual meeting in 1987, when shareholders challenged Walton on the company's lack of female managers, he assured them the record was improving "now that we have a strong willed young lady on the board."

Clinton was particularly vocal on environmental matters, pressing the company to boost its sale and use of recycled materials and other "green" products.

Garry Mauro, who served with Clinton on a Wal-Mart environmental advisory committee, pointed to many successes, such as persuading the company to establish recycling centers and sell products like recycled oil and long-life light bulbs.


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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:57 PM
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1. It was a totally different company when Walton was at the helm
Walton took care of his people just fine. If Hill held a position there during his time, I don't see the big deal. The jokers who run it now are quite the different story.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:59 PM
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2. Why I cast the post this way...
All the others on this topic made it sound like Hillary was doing something nefarious...

This will probably get canned as a dupe even though I think the tone of the others is misrepresentative of the facts!
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:04 PM
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4. you better stop being so fair
or you will be characterized as a Hillary "apologist." :)
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:55 PM
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8. Yes, I caught that right away
That's why I spoke out... even though I run the risk of being labeled a Hillover. Jeez. Better her than any Repub, I say. She isn't my first choice by any means, but we could, and have, done far worse.
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incapsulated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:09 PM
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7. I'm no Hillary fan...
(even though I voted for her) But this is bullshit. This really was a LONG TIME AGO. If she were getting fat checks from them today, that would be another story, but who the fuck cared about WallyWorld back in the 80's for chrissakes. It wasn't an issue or even a problem, yet.

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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:58 PM
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9. Exactly!
Fair is the only way to be. So many let their hate for her override good judgment and that sucks out loud! I'd rather be honest and let the chips fall where they may. Those Dems who reach so far out of pure hate do the cause and the party no good at all.
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:00 PM
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3. That headline makes more sense.
:thumbsup:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:04 PM
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5. This post is far more indicative of the real issues. K&R.
For the record, I am not a Hillary fan (though I don't dislike her) and I despise Wal-Mart, but am sickened by seeing progressives buy into RW manipulation.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:07 PM
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6. I was in Wal-Mart today...
I am white and I was not the majority, so congrats to Hilary (I guess?)
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