The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

McCalla leaders call for boycott


In protest over Bessemer's annexation of 350 acres in the vicinity of the Norfolk Southern Intermodal hub facility a boycott of Bessemer has been called.

McCalla organizers are urging their supporters to shop in Hoover instead of Bessemer.

The nearest Hoover stores that compare to Target and Publix and Piggly Wiggly in Bessemer (near McCalla) are the Target at the Grove and the Publix nearby.

That means shoppers would be driving an additional 9.48 miles one way to buy milk and bread, or school supplies and lawn umbrellas and Ipods, even further if they go to the Galleria area. Twenty miles round trip.

Now let's go back a bit to when the issue of the railroad hub first came up. Concerned McCalla residents tried to use the impact of the hub on the environment to stop the project.

Yet here they are, willing to waste a gallon or more of gasoline per trip to the grocery store in order to make a point. Does this mean that they really don't care about the environment?

I mean, what's a gallon of gas when we're trying to save the planet and watching the Gulf fill with petroleum?

What's a thousand gallons of gas when 1000 people make the trip to Hoover each day?

Hey McCalla people, there's a BP station at the same exit in Hoover where Target and Publix are located. Be sure to give them your support as well.

And at the same time, if successful, their actions could cause some of their own residents to lose their jobs at the Bessemer businesses they are boycotting.

Boycotts are almost never well thought out, and are often knee-jerk reactions when things aren't going your way.


Last night on Glee, one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies was performed.

"To Sir With Love," if you've never seen the movie, Netflix it today. Here's Lulu, singing the song in the movie from 1967. I was 13 years old and impressionable.

The Glee version was good as well. Maybe I'll post that clip tomorrow (it's not available yet on Hulu).

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