A buyer for Remington……

Sorkin, A. (2018, July 17). A Surprising Bid for Remington, and an Unsurprising Rejection.  The New York Times, retrieved 7/17/18.

The Navajo Nation offered a cash offer to buy Remington, America’s oldest and largest firearms makers, for $475 million to $525 million.  The Navajo Nation planned to focus on police and defense contracts, stop manufacturing AR-15’s, and invest in “Smart Guns” with fingerprint technology to prevent anyone but the gun-owner to use the gun.  Remington rejected the offer.

Remington just emerged from bankruptcy this spring and has two creditors that would have been paid had Remington accepted the offer from The Navajo Nation.  Franklin Templeton and JP Morgan Chase are the creditors.  If I was in debt, had declared bankruptcy and had creditors waiting for payment, I bet I would have to take any offer I received to pay off my debts.  I wonder why Remington gets a free pass?  Why do we have rules for some and not for others?

I support the Navajo Nation’s offer to purchase Remington.  I hope they continue to pursue this avenue.  We need more sensible gun manufacturers that want to help our communities rather than hurt our people.

Meet the Candidates for House Seat 89

On June 24th, 2018, Representative Roger Kane hosted a Meet and Greet for all of the candidates vying for his open seat.  Please click on the link below to read an article from the Shopper News about the event.

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Anderson, N. (2018, July 4). Meet the candidates for state house seat 89.  The Shopper News. (pages 1 & 3). 

Dear City of Knoxville, TN,

July 3, 2018

City of Knoxville
Mayor’s Office
Attn: Mayor Rogero
400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

Dear Mayor Rogero,

In June 2018, The National Geographic Magazine published extensive reporting of plastic pollution in our oceans.  If you have not read the articles, I urge you to do so.  Our marine animals are simply drowning in plastic.  Birds have been pictured covered in plastic.  Turtles have been pictured caught in plastic nets. There is a much-watched video of marine biologists pulling a plastic straw out of a sea turtle’s nose.  Birds are eating micro-plastics and feeding their babies micro-plastics.  I hope you will agree with me that we need to do something to save our oceans and the lives that depend on the oceans.

We hear a lot about climate change and the need to do something about it before it is too late. I am not so sure I am able to help much. I cannot afford solar panels on my home. I do not have a wind turbine.  I do not own a hybrid or electric vehicle and I have to drive to just about every place I go.  But, I believe that we can do something today about the abundance of plastics in our oceans.  Some scientists “See ocean plastics as a looming catastrophe, worth mentioning in the same breath as climate change,” (NGM, 2018).

Regarding the City of Knoxville, do you have any plans to become a single-use plastic-free community? Whole Foods and Trader Joes do not use single-use plastic bags to bag groceries.  How can we help Kroger, Food City, and Publix stop using single-use plastic bags to bag groceries as well?  Several communities and California have already banned plastic grocery bags and straws.  Is it possible for our community to be next on that list?

I am looking forward to starting a conversation about how The City of Knoxville can help save marine lives and habitats.

Sincerely,

Coleen Martinez

2plastic-waste-single-use-worldwide-consumption-animals-2.adapt.1900.1          plastic-waste-single-use-worldwide-consumption-animals-4.adapt.590.1                                                                                                                           Video of sea turtle with straw stuck in nose: https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw

Dear Publix,

July 3, 2018

Publix Super Markets
Corporate Office
Attn: Management
PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802

To Whom It May Concern,

In June 2018, The National Geographic Magazine published extensive reporting of plastic pollution in our oceans.  If you have not read the articles, I urge you to do so.  Our marine animals are simply drowning in plastic.  Birds have been pictured covered in plastic.  Turtles have been pictured caught in plastic nets. There is a much-watched video of marine biologists pulling a plastic straw out of a sea turtle’s nose.  Birds are eating micro-plastics and feeding their babies micro-plastics.  I hope you will agree with me that we need to do something to save our oceans and the lives that depend on the oceans.

We hear a lot about climate change and the need to do something about it before it is too late. I am not so sure I am able to help much. I cannot afford solar panels on my home. I do not have a wind turbine.  I do not own a hybrid or electric vehicle and I have to drive to just about every place I go.  But, I believe that we can do something today about the abundance of plastics in our oceans.  Some scientists “See ocean plastics as a looming catastrophe, worth mentioning in the same breath as climate change,” (NGM, 2018).

As a loyal Publix customer, I am requesting that you do more as a corporation to end the use of single-use plastics.  To be specific, I would like you to stop using single-use plastic bags to bag groceries. I would also like you to end the use of single-use plastic bags for produce.  Customers can use paper and reusable bags.  I just started using reusable bags and when packed correctly, they not only save space but they save time as well.  I spend less time loading and unloading groceries when using reusable bags.

I am looking forward to starting a conversation about how Publix can help save marine lives and habitats.

Sincerely,

Coleen Martinez

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Video of sea turtle with straw stuck in nose: https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw