A Win for Arthur T. Demoulas and Market Basket

Market Basket Newburyport, MA Last night when the news broke here in Massachusetts that the workers and former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas had prevailed and deal was finally signed for Arthur T. Demoulas to by the beleaguered Market Basket company from his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, I was among the many loyal customers who cheered the news. Twitter was abuzz with the news and many customers like myself chimed in to spread the news. If you don’t live in a community where there is a Market Basket grocery store, chances are you hadn’t been paying much attention to the Market Basket employees strike and all the many implications it carried for entire communities and the corporation itself. The employee strike … Continue reading

Politicians, Cops and the Black Commuity

A year ago I wrote an article Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America. In the article I wrote “America has a fear of the black boy, an individual who they have no relationship with and no desire to understand.” The fact they have no desire to understand or embrace the black male as a full fledge American citizen is at its core the very reason why Black America feels left out in the cold in American Society. America has created a systematic structure where politicians and law enforcement have worked together to control, humiliate, intimidate, and if all else fails incarcerate young black people. I don’t agree with the strong-arm tactics of police officers towards African-Americans, however … Continue reading

House Committee: No Benghazi Scandal

  by Walter Brasch   The House Select Committee on Intelligence, following almost a two-year intense investigation, unanimously determined there is no basis for what has become known as the Benghazi Scandal. The Committee consists of 12 Republicans and 9 Democrats. The pretend-scandal began Sept. 11, 2012, when terrorists raided the U.S. consulate, and killed the ambassador and three others. Although there was confusion, and the Obama administration didn’t have all the facts when it began to inform the American people about the events and the causes, there was no evidence of anything even remotely linked to a scandal. However, as expected, the blathering mouths of the Extreme Right Wing media pundits and politicians, and those who blindly parrot their … Continue reading

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

Africa for Africans Capitalism Defeating Communism

President Obama just concluded a conference of African Heads of State. The conference was the first in our Nation’s history, which is a sad commentary in America’s relationship with Africa. I believe the conference needed to happen, even if only for historical purposes. The President of the United States, an African-American, in the rose garden taking photos with African leaders; the symbolism of this historic conference can’t be ignored. The concern I had for this conference is we have been “talking” about the issues of Africa for the past twenty-five years, since colonial rule left Africa to fend for itself. Millions of dollars, both public and private funds have been thrown at Aid to African economic and social issues. Missionaries from … 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