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Dear Dieseltec: Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jeffrey Mapes, and I specialize in bankruptcy law -- helping individuals and corporations when things go wrong. I noticed your post on Facebook where you decided to alienate most of the general public by stating that you will refuse service to openly homosexual people. This is certainly an unorthodox business strategy, and perhaps it will work for you, but I get the feeling you will need a bankruptcy attorney pretty soon and I wanted to offer my services. Like you, I am white, male, Christian, a business owner, and a gun owner. Unlike you, I provide services to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation because it doesn't matter to me -- I hope this won't be a deal breaker for you. If that upsets you, let me tell you a...
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Dear Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP. As one of your constituents I offer warm congratulations on your election as the Member of Parliament for Berwick last Thursday. Irrespective of how any of us voted on May 7 you have a duty to represent all of us to the best of your ability. I genuinely wish you well. You have taken on important responsibility for some 75,000 people, some too young to have votes, and while there are those who will denigrate every MP there are many thousands in every constituency who appreciate the work you do. Obviously you are a Conservative MP elected on the basis of the Conservative Party manifesto and part of a Conservative Parliamentary Party which has a majority in Parliament for the first time in 18 years. You are plainly entitled to support your policies in...
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Dear Savannah: I just couldn’t believe my ears. During a recent “Today” segment, which featured fancy kitchen and bar gadgets, you shared personal testimony that you have never tasted a Moscow Mule. What followed was a shock wave that made its way from NBC’s Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza throughout the global cocktail community. I’d rather light a candle than curse your darkness, as the Chinese proverb says, so here’s my formal offer to take you on a personal tour of some of our community’s best Moscow Mules when you’re back home in Tucson. In the meantime, here’s a tease to get you started. With two Tucson locations, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage offers a regional twist on the Moscow Mule, which traditionally integrates vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Sir Veza’s replaces the vodka...
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Dear Prime Minister, Congratulations on your election victory from the British Chambers of Commerce, the 52 accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the United Kingdom, and our growing network of overseas British Chambers and business groups helping companies to trade around the world. In return for your continued commitment to an environment that encourages enterprise and aspiration, businesses in all parts of the United Kingdom stand ready to deliver prosperity, jobs, and sustained economic growth. Over the coming months, you must use your strengthened mandate to take bold action on six issues that will determine the UK’s economic future: PUBLIC SPENDING: business wants a plan for fiscal consolidation that is carefully balanced with the overriding need to nurture...
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Dear Prime Minister, Congratulations on your election victory from the British Chambers of Commerce, the 52 accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the United Kingdom, and our growing network of overseas British Chambers and business groups helping companies to trade around the world. In return for your continued commitment to an environment that encourages enterprise and aspiration, businesses in all parts of the United Kingdom stand ready to deliver prosperity, jobs, and sustained economic growth. Over the coming months, you must use your strengthened mandate to take bold action on six issues that will determine the UK’s economic future: PUBLIC SPENDING: business wants a plan for fiscal consolidation that is carefully balanced with the overriding need to nurture...
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Dear Dillon Business Colleague, I urge all businesses licensed by the Town of Dillon to make a difference by becoming a member of the Dillon Business Association (DBA) this year. Members of the DBA enjoy many meaningful benefits and are part of a vibrant, fast-growing organization dedicated to promoting businesses in Dillon. We strive to include and serve all of Dillon’s businesses. What does the Dillon Business Association do? We raise money from the alcohol and merchandise concessions at the Lake Dillon Brew Festival and the Friday night concert series at the amphitheater, as well as the DBA Farmers Market booth. These activities allow us to have nominal dues of $75.00 per business. We use this pool of income to give back benefits to our members that help them promote their...
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Dear Premier, I am writing to you today about an issue that was brought to light late last week regarding a craft brewery called Forked River Brewing Company that operates in my riding of London-Fanshawe. They are a local business established in 2012 by three former Western University students. These entrepreneurs have made an investment in our community and have been running a successful craft brewery for over two years. They would now like to expand their business and create local jobs by opening a retail store at which to sell their product. Unfortunately, the owners of the brewery are facing a serious barrier to their ability to open a retail store; a barrier that hinges on a technicality in the policies of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Premier, please ensure that...
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Dear Fellow Shareholders: For some time we have been seeking to see increased value delivered to the shareholders of JDSU, who have suffered several years of under-performance, missed expectations, and broken promises at the hands of the Company’s existing management team and Board of Directors (the “Board”). While the proposed spin-off of the Company’s CCOP business was a positive development, we and many other investors, in addition to numerous members of the analytical community, have thought that a sale of CCOP prior to a spin-off would ultimately result in more value accruing to the shareholders of JDSU. Recent actions suggest to us, however, that the Company does not intend to sell CCOP prior to its spin-off, and has filed documents with the SEC discussing the proposed CCOP spin-...
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Dear Australian retail industry, I’ve had enough of you. I’m sick of your fortnightly catalogues offering the latest home wares to redecorate my home for spring, or winter, or whatever the next season may be. And don’t forget the end of year silly seasons garlands you feel we must have. And really, who needs Easter decorations? One of you retail giants reckon I should fill my house with paper chickens and bunnies in soft pastel colours for four days in April. I mean, really? Who are these people that buy it? Is it that no one buys it and that’s why it’s on sale at the end of the four day weekend? ‘Stock up for next year,‘ a sales assistant told me last year. Please. Be. Joking. And tell me, what is the point of kitchen utensils that are cheaper than a bus ticket? Anyone...
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