Category Archives: Business

When Made in the U.S.A. Meant Something!

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The above stapler was purchased in October 1972, and worked perfectly for almost 45 years until March 2017 when it finally gave out.  Over the last few years I have purchased many staplers for the office, and many lasted less than one year including Swingline staplers.  If you look at the bottom of the stapler from 1972, you will see Swingline, Inc. L.I.C., N. Y.   For you non-New Yorkers, L.I.C. stood for Long Island City.  An article in the New York Times on January 17, 1999 chronicled the closing of the factory.   In the article there was an interesting couple of sentences which are as follows:  “When Swingline closes completely, 450 jobs will be gone. That is the largest single job loss in New York City from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, the 1994 pact that lowered trade barriers among the United States, Mexico and Canada.”   Read the article, it all sounds familiar and it was written over 17 years ago!  I now have a new Swingline stapler which says on the bottom “Made to Swingline Standards in China.”   I guess they must have lowered their standards.   A sad commentary on a once iconic American brand.

Does It Really Pay to Have Friends?

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Frontier Communications entitled “It Pays to Have Friends.” Let me tell you the facts. A few years ago Verizon sold most of their phone lines and internet services outside the Chicago area to Frontier Communications. In April of 2016, Verizon sold their cable, phone, and internet operations in Florida to Frontier. In both states you thought you had Verizon, but then ended up with the third world service of Frontier. If you want to keep your Friends, don’t let them sign up with Frontier. Frontier is absolutely one of the worst companies I have ever dealt with. If you have Frontier, my advice is to get rid of them as soon as possible since you will continue to have nothing but problems. And if you are fortunate enough not to have them, don’t fall for any of their offers!

Heather McPherson to Speak on Best Practices in Probate Law in Rockford, Illinois 

Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois will be speaking on Best Practices in Probate Law on October 2, 2015 in Rockford, Illinois as part of a continuing legal education program for Illinois attorneys sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. Heather is a frequent speaker throughout the State of Illinois before professional and lay groups on estate and trust related topics. Her practice is concentrated in estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, elder law and nursing home planning, and agricultural real estate. She is licensed in Illinois as well as Wisconsin. 

MetLife Will Help You with Your Retirement Planning – In Freeport We Know They Are Experts!

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It’s nice to know that MetLife wants to help us with our retirement. In Freeport it is closing its office forcing hundreds of employees into mandatory retirement. Will, I guess MetLife is an expert on retirement. Just ask those Freeport employees who no longer have jobs. Next time you see an ad for MetLife, think about that empty house next door, or your former friends who were forced to move to find a new job. Freeport will be living proof as to MetLife’s retirement expertise.

What Hasn’t Changed in Forty Years? Buying a Car Is Still Pure Hell!

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Your car is getting older and you think it may be time to buy a new car. Having been fairly happy with present car, you go to the dealer who sold you the car. You indicate you would like to trade in your present car for a new model of the same car. All of the service on your car has been done at the dealership. You know you paid a premium for the service over the years, but you thought it would be worth it when you got ready to sell it or trade it in. Dream on! While you go for a test drive, the dealer appraises your car. When you get back, the sales person sits down with you and gives you the cost of the new car which has only been discountly slightly. You are told there is great demand for this model! Now the sales person says, I know you will not be happy with the value placed on your car. You are then given the amount the dealer will give you for your car which is substantially less less than the Kelly Blue Book trade in value. Shocked, you ask why so low? Then the sales person gets the used car person (they always work in tandem), and you are told that the market for your car is not good since only four wheel drive vehicles with snow plows are selling at this time. In disbelief you say you sold me this car and now you tell me it is worthless! They say nothing and you leave in shock. So much for buying a new car!

Last Freeport City Council Meeting of the Year Monday, December 16

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The Freeport City Council Meeting will take place on Monday, December 16 at 6:00 pm in
City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Some items of interest on the agenda:

Appointment of James Fox to Airport Commission through November 2018

2nd Reading of City and Library Levy Ordinances

1st Reading of Ordinance for Employment of the following:
Rental Property/Crime Free Housing Specialist
Residential Rental Registration Police Laison

Wonderful – 2 more people to enforce new Rental Registration Ordiance.

Resolution to give Downtown Development Foundation $50,000.

This shows what is important in Freeport. Rental properties and the downtown. Reach your own conclusions!

Approval of bid from GO Escavating, Inc., Freeport to demolish 2 buildings at 212 N. Cherry Avenue and 910 S. Galena Avenue in the amount of $19,500.
For the complete meeting agenda, go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20131216.pdf

We Will Miss Our Mail Carriers Who Are The Best!

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The post office to save money will probably stop Saturday delivery in the near future and the cost of stamps will be going up again. Delivery to a mail box attached to your residence will also end with everyone having to put a mail box along the street or go to centralized pickup boxes. This is already the case in newer neighborhoods. What an ugly sight – all those mail boxes on every street! Our mail carriers are the best. They know their customers, and often are the first to notice that something is wrong. We will pay a price for these changes, and you cannot put a dollar value on what we will lose. Our mail carriers not only say “You Have Mail,” but they ask you “How are you?” And they mean it. We are losing part of America and it is sad.