My tax bill v. Boeing’s

Calendar - Tax Day CircledOkay America…you just wrote that check to the IRS and feel good about doing your part to make our country a better place and you slept well on April 15th knowing that the big and powerful did the same. Well pretend you (I’m kidding about pretending) just woke up on the 16th and discovered you were wrong. That huge corporations, like Boeing Aircraft, paid no federal taxes and in fact, were eligible for a refund. And Boeing wasn’t alone. Here’s a list of twenty-five others that also had a negative tax burden between the years 2005 – 2008:

  1. Pepco Holdings -33.0%
  2. PG&E Corp. -16.7%
  3. NiSource -13.6%
  4. Wisconsin Energy -13.5%
  5. General Electric -11.1%
  6. CenterPoint Energy -8.5%
  7. Integrys Energy Group -8.2%
  8. Atmos Energy -7.7
  9. Tenet Healthcare -6.0%
  10.  American Electric Power -5.8%
  11. Ryder System -4.7%
  12. Con-way -3.5%
  13. Duke Energy -3.3%
  14. -3.0%
  15. FirstEnergy -3.0%
  16. Apache -2.4%
  17. Interpublic Group -2.1%
  18. Verizon Communications -1.8%
  19. NextEra Energy -1.6%
  20. Consolidated Edison -.1%
  21. CMS Energy -1.1%
  22. Northeast Utilities -0.7%
  23. Corning -0.3%
  24. Paccar Rate -0.1%
  25. MetroPCS Communications -0.1%

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Clandestino; the new Playing for Change Project

I’m always anticipating the arrival of a new Playing for Change episode and number 86 was just released. The title is Clandestino, it’s in Spanish, I don’t speak Spanish, but with music being the universal language I can still enjoy the sound and talents of the artists. Put your international ears on and enjoy #86.

Clandestino from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

New student info sessions set for April 21-24


If you are planning on becoming a student at Southern State Community College, then plan to attend “Steps to Success,” a series of new student information sessions planned for April 21-24 on all four campus locations.

You have questions – Where do I start? Who do I talk to? How do I register? – and we can help you find the answers. “Steps to Success” participants can meet with SSCC representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising, Tutoring Center, Career & Counseling Services, and Transfer Options.

If you are ready to take the first step, pick the time and location that’s right for you:

  • Monday, April 21, from 6-8 p.m., on South Campus, 12681 U.S. Route 62, Fincastle;
  • Tuesday, April 22, from 6-8 p.m., on North Campus, 1850 Davids Drive, Wilmington;
  • Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m., on Central Campus, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro;  or
  • Thursday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m., on Fayette Campus, 1270 U.S. Route 62 SW, Washington C.H.

For more information, please contact Susan Long, SSCC Director of Student Success, at 1-800-628-7722, ext. 2880, or

Living wage for burger flippers

moocluckmoo burgerIn recent times much has been said about increasing the minimum wage. The conservative talking mouths have loudly proclaimed that doing such would be a job killer. Well, in spite of what all the Fox News hired guns say, there is a growing body of evidence that money can still be made while treating employees decently.

Here’s an example of a Detroit hamburger restaurant, Moo Cluck Moo, that pays every employee a minimum of $31,000 a year while selling burgers for less than McDonald’s gets for its Big Mac. Oh, and they’re making a nice profit in the bargain. Forbe’s magazine recently reported that if the minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour the cost of a Big Mac would increase by an insignificant sum. Another economist argued there would be no increase because the Big D would have to stay competitive.

Whatever the truth there is no question that corporate profits are at all time highs while working people’s incomes are on a roller coaster to hell.

To read the Moo Cluck Moo story click HERE.

Cruzin’ Greenfield March 11, 2014, Part 2 of 3

I was going to hold off a couple more days before posting this next Cruzin’ video. But a former Greenfield resident made a nice appeal on my birthday so I decided to honor her wishes. This one’s for you Debbie Collins. Buckle up!

Real is hard to find

po' monkeys jukeIn today’s increasingly homogenized world finding what’s real is becoming more difficult. The effort to make one McDonald’s look just like any other McDonald’s is rampant throughout our culture.

In the world of blues both the people and the players have abandoned the simple, crude, and unique juke joints of yesterday in favor of trendy night clubs, cruise ships, and casinos. But, there’s still a few jukes that have refused to die and thus become renowned meccas for the world’s blues fans. One is Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale, MS. Another, but lesser known, is Po’ Monkey’s in Marigold, MS.

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Greenfield native develops new flower

Hull's SparkyGeorge Hull, a graduate of McClain High School and at time a professor of landscape design at Arizona State University. I recently came across an article from The State Press about a new flower George produced and brought to market. He has offered to provide G3 with some seeds for their community garden project but I’m not sure they will do well in our climate. I’ll have to check.

Click HERE for details.


“Street Drugs Today” seminar April 17 at Southern State

SouthernState_logoA free seminar on “Street Drugs Today: Taking Back Our Families & Communities” will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium on Southern State Community College’s Central Campus, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro. Immediately following the presentation will be a question-and-answer session and reception.

What can you do when you see drugs in action? What do you do if you find this issue within your own home? According to Sgt. Randy Sanders, we can learn how to work together to help our communities.

This free event – co-sponsored by SSCC’s Student Government Association, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, and the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force – is designed for a broad audience. The message will be particularly relevant to parents, teachers, counselors, and those working in mental health, education, healthcare, domestic violence, and law enforcement.

Currently detailed with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Sanders has worked in law enforcement for 32 years, over 20 of those years in narcotics enforcement. He has served as director of both the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force and the Ohio Organized Crime Task Force.

For more information on the April 17 event, please contact Sherry MacDowell at 1-800-628-7722, ext. 2515, or

Wal-Mart, mac & cheese, and food stamps

There’s certainly no shortage of opinions about food stamps. What there is a shortage of, however, is people’s actual knowledge about who is eligible for SNAP benefits and how the system greatly benefits employers.  Here’s a brief, two-minute, video that illustrates one aspect of the problem and suggest a simple solution.

SSCC Job Fair & Career Exploration Day set for April 25

SouthernState_logoMark your calendar for SSCC’s Job Fair & Career Exploration Day to be held 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 25, on Southern State Community College’s North Campus, 1850 Davids Drive, Wilmington.

Participants can meet with local employers and Southern State program representatives, as well as attend workshops on interviewing and resume writing. The event is free and open to the public.

Several local employers will be on site, including Adams County Regional Medical Center, Candle-lite, E.A.S.T. Ambulance, First Financial Bank, I Global, McKesson Corporation, Sabina Farmers Exchange, Sugar Creek Packing Co., Transamerica, Valero Renewable Fuels, Walmart Distribution Center, Zurvita/Zeal, and more.

Faculty members will also be on hand to discuss program opportunities in accounting, business, cyber security and forensics, early childhood education, engineering, office information technology, office services, respiratory care, and more.

For more information, contact Kari Jones at 800-628-7722, ext. 5681, or, or Tom Payton at 800-628-7722, ext. 2713, or

USA, USA, we’re number 16!

usausausaSeriously, Americans have lived with the belief that our country is “Number Uno” for so long we’ve come to believe our own propaganda. There have been, and hopefully always will be, aspects of life in which we excel above other nations. But it serves no good to deny or ignore how we really rank in the world.

Conservatives love to remark that our health system is the world’s best, that our system of higher education can’t be beat, that Americans are the brightest, healthiest, bravest, cleanest, moralist, purest, prettiest, freest, people on earth. Well, yes and no. Like all nations we have had our moments to shine and our moments to wish that never happened.

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