Malala, Carly and Our Future

December 3, 2012

Women can and should be in every area of human endeavors, most of all at the forefront of human progress. That begins with the ability to study and excel to great heights equal to or exceeding any man.

I follow current events very closely, especially overseas, more so than many people who have never left the confines of this great country of ours. Because I do, I am extremely worried about what is happening to women and girls in the non-western world, where they are being driven back into forced isolation, illiteracy and physical oppression.

One of the few times I close my eyes to politics and current events is when I’m in couch potato mode. And one of my favorite breaks from the stress of life is “Reality TV.” My favorite reality TV show is X Factor, a song competition. But song is not song without passion. So even watching X Factor, I am reminded of that world that awaits us… a world that awaits women – here in American and overseas in very different ways.
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California Proposition 19 – Marijuana Legalization Strips Employers of Liability Protection

October 1, 2010

Current marijuana laws have made criminals out of millions of Americans who love smoking it. Untold thousands have served prison time for marijuana use. Organized crime has reaped I don’t know how many billions of dollars in marijuana trade. And many people have died in that criminal traffic. So let’s legalize it! No!
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Fumigants are going away

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, I received a newsletter from the National Pest Management Association. The news was not good for Hearts Pest Management or for any other pest control company in the business of fumigating burrowing rodents such as gophers. In the past few years, negligent pest control applicators have been endangering people with off-label fumigant applications, resulting in the needless, outrageous death of children. For those of us who practice responsibly, we have no choice but to deal with the change in treatment required. The EPA has now banned the use of aluminum and magnesium phosphide in residential areas and inside a 100 foot perimeter of any structure. See the full EPA announcement here. We must now find ways of eliminating burrowing rodents as pests without a very valuable tool that when used properly did an excellent job, without secondary poisoning. Now we are left with less effective methods that may inflict secondary poisoning on birds, dogs and cats. But at least we will have fewer worries about people. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise even for our company. You just never know when you are going to have an employee who refuses to follow rules. These new restrictions are for our own good, whether we like it or not. But I do not enjoy the prospect of dealing with existing and future customers that are looking for effective solutions. Time will tell how this plays out, but now we are heading into new uncharted territory. One concern I have is that one man shops will try to sneak by, using fume illegally, taking pest control customers away from larger companies that are abiding by regulations. We can only wait and watch.

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