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N.Y. Today: Can Anyone Solve the Vacant Storefront Problem?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/nyregion/newyorktoday/new-york-news-vacant-storefronts.html

As you walked to the train this morning, you probably passed an empty storefront. Perhaps even two or three.

These empty storefronts are representative of businesses that disappear as a result of rising rents and the popularity of online retailers.

It’s a troubling trend we looked at in September, and it seems to be getting worse.

Recently, Cornelia Street Café in the West Village closed after four decades, thanks to a rent increase, the owners said.

I don't see a tax on landlords as being the solution to this issue, but in concert with other ideas (including reducing sales taxes or at least not hiking them further) communities across the country may be able to assist local Retailers to hang on.

My Response to The "Border Crisis" Speech Tonight

and the networks who have elected to broadcast it...

1). I am not watching. If his lips are moving he is lying hence no real reason to watch.

2). Emails to those networks who have chosen to air the speech criticizing their decision.

3). A Donation to The ACLU https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp

That's the best I can come up with for now. Any other ideas are welcome.

Poll on what we should call this new economy

Just after the "Esteemed" Mr Trump somehow was heading to the Oval Office I heard the stock market surge referred to as The Trump Bump. Now that the situation seems to be heading downhill what should we call it?

Warlord Games

For those in the table top miniatures community.

I picked up their new release The Cruel Seas a couple of weeks ago. Friday they dropped 10 pages of errata for a book that runs 107 pages in total about half of that being rules and scenarios. Following the discussions on a couple of Facebook groups and The Miniatures Page (TMP) it appears that they do not intend to replace the rule books for those who have already invested in the game system. The best that can be hoped for is a release of a corrected Quick Reference Sheet that can be downloaded and printed on your dime or wait until the 2nd printing of the rules comes out, then you can buy a corrected version.

This release was also plagued with packing errors in the sets. Items were mispacked and parts were missing forcing them to put a downloadable set of wake markers online as well.

They Shall Not Grow Old

The documentary of WWI done by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and the Imperial War Museum.

Got to see it last evening and I encourage all to try to attend one of the limited screenings. Well worth the price and the time.

Under Investigation: Sen.-Elect Josh Hawley For His Conduct As Missouri Attorney General

Not that anyone really expects anything to happen to the "charming" Little Josh, but it's nice to see some investigation into his conduct.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is under investigation for possibly using "public funds" in his bid for U.S. Senate, the Secretary of State's Office announced Thursday.

Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger said in a letter that the office will "commence an investigation" but didn't provide more details. The letter was addressed to the left-leaning American Democracy Legal Fund, which requested the investigation.

Hawley beat Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Nov. 6, and will resign as AG in January before becoming a senator next month.

An Oct. 31 Kansas City Star article said Hawley, a Republican, had consultants from his U.S. Senate campaign talk with state-paid staffers. The article, which was based on emails and other documents obtained through public records requests, also said that consultants ran meetings with senior staffers and were included on emails about state business.

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/under-investigation-sen-elect-josh-hawley-his-conduct-missouri-attorney-general?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Under%20Investigation%3A%20Sen.-Elect%20Josh%20Hawley%20For%20His%20Conduct%20As%20Missouri%20Attorney%20General&utm_campaign=newsletter_LRL#stream/0

These Lowe's stores are closing in the next three months

Lowe’s Companies said Monday that it will close 51 underperforming stores, including 20 in the U.S. and as many as 31 in Canada, as part of its plan to focus on its most profitable stores.

The stores being closed are located across 13 states in the U.S. and five provinces in Canada.

The home improvement retailer expects the store closures to be completed by Feb. 1, 2019, which is the end of its fiscal 2018. The company plans to have closeout sales in most of the stores it is shutting, except for some U.S. stores that are closing immediately.

Most employees of the U.S. stores being closed will be provided the opportunity to have similar jobs at nearby Lowe’s stores. The majority of the stores being closed are within 10 miles of another store.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-lowes-stores-are-closing-in-the-next-three-months-2018-11-05?mod=pulse_full_story

UFCW Locals 655, 88, 881 win major protections for members impacted by Shop 'n Save sale

The realization that a union contract is a worker’s only real “Job Insurance” was driven home in recent weeks when Shop ‘n Save announced it was selling 20 of its locations to Schnucks Markets and closing its remaining 15 locations in the St. Louis/Southern Illinois region, impacting the lives of 2,500 union members and their families. Most are members United Food & Commercial Workers Locals 655 (some 1,300) and 88 (some 400) in St. Louis and UFCW Local 881 (some 500 in Southern Illinois).

But thanks to strong union contracts, the tragic impact on these workers will be softened considerably because their union was able to negotiate something normally unheard of when a company closes: for impacted Shop ’n Save members, severance pay, a temporary continuation of critical health and welfare and pension contributions to keep benefits and an opportunity to go to work for Schnucks.

Under most circumstances you read about today, companies close and workers are immediately on the street with nothing.

But not so for these union members because of the “job insurance” of having a strong union and a written contract standing behind its members, even in such tragic circumstances, said Local 655 President David Cook.

“It’s times like these that our partners need their union family the most… and we are committed to protecting our partners at Shop ’n Save,” said the presidents of the three locals when the sale announcement was made in April: Local 655’s Cook, Local 88’s Dan Telle and Local 881’s Ron Powell.

UFCW Locals 655, 88, 881 win major protections for members impacted by Shop 'n Save sale

The realization that a union contract is a worker’s only real “Job Insurance” was driven home in recent weeks when Shop ‘n Save announced it was selling 20 of its locations to Schnucks Markets and closing its remaining 15 locations in the St. Louis/Southern Illinois region, impacting the lives of 2,500 union members and their families. Most are members United Food & Commercial Workers Locals 655 (some 1,300) and 88 (some 400) in St. Louis and UFCW Local 881 (some 500 in Southern Illinois).

But thanks to strong union contracts, the tragic impact on these workers will be softened considerably because their union was able to negotiate something normally unheard of when a company closes: for impacted Shop ’n Save members, severance pay, a temporary continuation of critical health and welfare and pension contributions to keep benefits and an opportunity to go to work for Schnucks.

Under most circumstances you read about today, companies close and workers are immediately on the street with nothing.

But not so for these union members because of the “job insurance” of having a strong union and a written contract standing behind its members, even in such tragic circumstances, said Local 655 President David Cook.

https://labortribune.com/ufcw-locals-655-88-win-major-protections-for-members-impacted-by-shop-n-save-sale/

My email to Senator Blunt regarding Kavanuagh

Senator Blunt:

I urge you to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Accepting or rejecting the allegations of sexual impropriety notwithstanding, his demeanor during the questioning on Thursday September 27th clearly indicated that he does not have the temperament to sit upon either the highest court in the land or frankly any other court.

Thank You Very Much,
Sincerely,
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