Have We No Decency?

Robin Williams, beloved comedian and actor died yesterday. He committed suicide. His untimely death, like all suicides, is tragic and heartbreaking and fans around the world are mourning his loss. Robin Williams put his all into the characters he played. His improv was incomparable, his wit seemed to roll off the cuff unstoppable. Although Williams was frank about his life in many ways, including his problems with substance abuse, we know now that there was much we didn’t know about the man who gave us so much joy and laughter, and at times moved us to tears. James Hamblin said of Williams in The Atlantic today: The comedian carried insecurity and self-doubt with contagious intensity. He was so grandiose and … Continue reading

RIP Robin Williams

A great comedic genius who filled the world with so much laughter died today, but the world is a far better place for all that he gave us. RIP Robin Williams, found dead in his Marin County home today of an apparent suicide. Like many who watch the news trend on the internet, I had at first hoped this was one of those internet hoaxes, but sadly it was clear that we had lost a great comedian and beloved actor today. Williams was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon at around noon Monday, sheriff’s officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. I remember when Robin Williams first appeared on Happy Days as the alien Mork. It was … Continue reading

Market Basket’s Only Solution

In an editorial in the Boston Globe today, the Globe’s editorial board says that the only solution for Market Basket is “bringing back deposed CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to lead the employees in rebuilding the firm.” The Globe is right on this. Market Basket is vital to our communities that they serve and the stubborn actions of Arthur S. Demoulas and his co-CEO’s have created a crisis for workers and consumers. As the days tick by and the board reaches no decision on Arthur T. Demoulas’ offer to buy out the company, the value of the company decreases and the community struggles in effort to find reasonably priced groceries to feed their families. As the Boston Globe’s editorial notes some intervention … Continue reading

Market Basket Saga Continues As Workers Defy Back to Work Order

Living in a community where there are two Market Basket grocery stores within a short drive, I have been fascinated and inspired by the courage and commitment of the employees to stand up against corporate greed and demand the return of the former CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. As the days go by, the saga has now entered its third week, and employees have not backed down with their demands, defying a back to work order from the company’s new co-CEO’s Jim Gooch and Felicia Thornton. In communities around New England where there are Market Basket stores, it is not just the employees rallying for the former CEO, customers have also entered into the fray, expressing their support for the beloved … Continue reading

NY Times Editorial: Federal Government Should Repeal Ban on Pot

In an editorial in today’s NY Times, the editorial board called on the federal government to repeal the ban on pot, citing that in the “more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana,” the ban has inflicted “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” The NY Times editorial board noted that they reached the conclusion that the federal government should repeal the ban, “after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.” The editorial states, “There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use.” But neither are there such answers about … Continue reading

Market Basket Employees Are a Powerful Testament to the Power of the People

State Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton just spoke at #MarketBasket rally. “This is a watershed moment in history.” @seacoastonline — Jason Schreiber (@Schreibernews) July 25, 2014 Local media is covering today’s employee rally at Market Basket’s headquarters in Tewksbury, MA and the board meeting that is also under way in Boston. The ripple effect of the warehouse workers walkout that started a week ago has grown into a full-blown employee movement that has drawn thousands of employees to headquarter’s today, in support of ousted CEO Artie T. Demoulas. Watching the groundswell of support for Artie T. in the past week, one cannot help but marvel at the incredible testament of a the power of the people, to take on a feuding … Continue reading

Standoff Continues Between Market Basket Employees and New Management

Yesterday I stopped by my local Market Basket in Newburyport, to see if they might have a few things I needed, although the stock on their shelves continue to dwindle, I was able to pick up the few necessities I stopped in for. I spent sometime there yesterday talking with a few employees I have gotten to know over my years of shopping there. Market Basket employees are a loyal bunch, they love their jobs and so many of them have been loyal employees for decades. Their loyalty was inspired by their ousted former boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, who was so beloved by his employees, that now many employees, across the supermarket chain’s stores are standing in protest to have … Continue reading

Market Basket Employees Take A Stand Against New Management

I’m a loyal Market Basket customer. I shop at the Newburyport, MA store at least 3 – 4 times a week. I know many of the employees, some who are old friends, some who are just so pleasant with the customers that you can’t help but like them. I shop at Market Basket because they have the best prices around. Their meat and produce prices can’t be beat by any of the other supermarket chain stores in the area. A few weeks ago the beloved CEO of Market Basket Arthur T. Demoulas, was fired in the latest of the “seemingly never-ending soap opera of a feud with his rival cousin and shareholder Arthur S. Demoulas.” Market Basket employees are now putting … Continue reading