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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Say Goodbye to Hershey?

My sister recently forwarded me the following email:

Subject: SAY GOODBYE HERSHEY

A sad story for those of us who remember growing up with Hershey bars, and just as sad for the generations of today. What will be
outsourced next?

Pennsylvania is a big state, but it amazes me in this day, how some news doesn't make it over the mountain to the front page of our papers or the top Of our news hours in Western Pennsylvania.

Some of you may not know that Vicki's dad makes Hershey's Kisses for a living, so this hits home for us. Milton Hershey, this year, will be joining H. J Heinz in rolling over in his grave. Hershey Chocolate is moving to MEXICO...whoopee! They're even closing down Hershey Canada. Don't buy any more Hershey Bars. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite and they are made by Hershey. But, I will not purchase Another one!

M.S. Hershey had a dream... I will buy my OWN Sugar, Milk, Cocoa beans, (all natural mind you!) and make candy... (no tariffs etc..) EVEN during the depression...HE and the Company made money...NOW some Corporate big wigs are ruining the name... AND the product M.S. created... Please pass it on...What a bunch of college educated "idiots".

Thank you M.S. for all the things I have and all you have done for me and my family..."I" do appreciate it... as for "Dick" Lenny and Company...good luck you greedy, money loving IDIOTS...you are ruining the name, the company, and MANY lives in central Pennsylvania.... read on... Enough is Enough!

So Hershey executives are closing plants in the US , laying off over a thousand people, and destroying Mr. Hershey's dream, all to cut labor, material costs and AVOID PAYING ANY US TAXES! The company will save about $170 million a year, all on the backs of the American people. The top executives will still make their mega bucks and the laid off workers will have to find other jobs, some probably at minimum wage due to their age. All this to take their jobs to India, China and Mexico, So
WHAT part of the "GREAT" American Chocolate Bar is left?...NOTHING! These countries are no doubt laughing at the Americans, who they don't like anyway. How long are the American people going to sit around and let big corporations do this to us? We must all band together and let our Politicians in Washington know we have had it with NAFTA, CAFTA and "SHAFTA" and we won't take it any longer!

Please, do not buy any Hershey product! I pulled EVERY dime of my stock, retirement and my HEART out of Hershey... (it does hurt me to say that). If the company wants to take the work to these countries, then let those countries buy the product. We don't need it!

BOYCOTT HERSHEY!!
Please pass this to everyone on your email list so it gets all across the United States.

As is my usual policy when receiving such mail, I went to Snopes.com to look into the validity of the statements made herein, and then I went about writing a reply to her and to all the other folks she forwarded it to, and here is what I said:

Pennsylvania is a big state, but it amazes me in
this day, how some news doesn't make it over the
mountain to the front page of our papers or the top
Of our news hours in Western Pennsylvania.

The reason this “news” doesn’t make it to the front page of our papers or the top of our news hours is that it is a GROSS overstatement. Hershey’s U.S. Operations are not closing down. They are reducing their U.S. workforce by just over 3,000 jobs. Admittedly, it is a tragedy for those 3,000 individuals, but it is NO reason to boycott the company or its products. I challenge you to find ANY major U.S. corporation that doesn’t outsource at least SOME of its work overseas. If you choose to boycott any companies that outsource any part of its operations, then I hope you enjoy growing your own food and refining your own gasoline. Not that you would need gasoline, given that every major auto manufacturer outsources at least a small portion of their operations. The world is no longer a place where everything you buy and use can be 100% American-made. The quicker people accept that and stop blowing up every time news of this nature comes up, the happier they will be.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these people’s getting laid off is a good thing, because it is not. What I am saying, however, is that it is a tragedy on a personal level for them, and not some cause that people need to be rallying behind, trying to ruin a company that is just doing what is necessary to remain competitive in a growing, GLOBAL economy.

Anyway, that’s my two cents’ worth. Take it or leave it, but know this: if you want to boycott all the companies out there that outsource any part of their business, enjoy yourself. But for me, I’m gonna go buy myself a Hershey bar and enjoy it just like I always have. It’s still a US company, and they still make products that I enjoy.
After reading what I wrote, I decided to post it here. So, what do you guys think?

Friday, September 07, 2007

How Good is Bioshock?

Many people have spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks talking about how awesome Bioshock is (and it IS awesome), but nothing says more about how great it is than this: My wife does not play first-person shooters. They simply do not appeal to her at all. She got so engrossed in watching me play, however, that she decided to start playing. She has now completed the game once and has started it a second time, harvesting instead of rescuing this time. Now if that's not a testimonial, I don't know what is.

Welcome to my new home on the World Wide Web

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to my new blogging home, here at Dadditude Speaks. I will be linking this blog to my Facebook profile so that my Facebook friends can keep up with my posts (if they are so inclined).