Louisiana’s Choice!

October 19, 2011

I am an individual who believes that the government begins at the local level then builds from there and the local level should be as close to the people as possible. I make this statement because as a fairly new resident to Washington Parish due to hurricane Katrina, I have found that the politicians seem to not return calls or emails or any other form of communication to me. I say this because on several key vote in the Louisiana House and Senate, I have asked for the individuals to vote against certain measures, ones like, “Gun Control” of which I am dead set against any sort of government control over legally bought and legally used guns and ammo. I find it really disturbing that the Senator from my area, Senator Ben Nevers voted for “Gun Control”. Senator Ben Nevers did this even though most of his district is open to hunting of all sorts!

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I have to question people when they make choices that go against the Constitution of the United States and the very State they are from. I tried on several occasions to contact Senator Ben Nevers to inform him to vote against any sort of “Gun Control” measures since it goes against the grain of the State Constitution and the United States Constitution, but today it seems like any Constitution is secondary to all politicians as they continue to go against the very Constitutions they swore under Oath to uphold. The very idea of “Gun Control” in the district of Ben Nevers is liken to placing fish in an oil tank, it just does not make any sense at all. “Gun Control” is government Control because the Government fears those whom have Guns but they do not care about those who do not. It would be in the basic idea of a “Controlling” Government to take the ownership of Guns away a little at a time that way they would be able to Control without fear of the Gun.

Senator Ben Nevers also voted against Prayer in schools, yet every meeting in Baton Rouge is begun with a Prayer, what is the idea here? This shows that Senator Nevers wishes to “Control” the lives of people and allow the Government to make decisions for them. If a person does not wish to say a prayer in school, they may walk out until it is over or just close their eyes. Our nation was based upon the freedom of Faith. Many will come back and say that prayer in school treads on the separation of church and state, this would be wrong, very wrong. The founders of this nation understood the ideas of Faith and knew full well that the Government should not be involved like England and demand that the people follow the Faith the Government wants you to follow. Thomas Jefferson knew this and wrote the First Amendment to make sure it spelled out the right for people to follow the Faith they wished and that the Government would NOT interfere with that. Yet Senator Ben Neverrs and other “Liberals’ found it to be their duty as Senators and Representatives to silence school prayer because some individual may be insulted by this. It is NOT the Governments responsibility to determine what can or cannot be done in the local school or what they can pass to enforce their, the Governments ideas upon a people that in this case are from highly concerned and Faithful religions.

In the coming election, “WE THE PEOPKLE” have a big choice in this debate, we can Keep a Senator who votes for “Gun Control” in a region that has a very large hunting population along with a highly religious population or we can kick him out by voting for the other Candidate that holds the peoples views highly. I should also mention that this also needs to be done STATE wide!

Happy Harry’s seizes the day. (Happy Harry’s Discount Drugs)(1997 CDR State of the Industry Report)(Company Profile)

Chain Drug Review April 28, 1997 NEWARK, Del. – While the rapid pace of consolidation taking place in the chain drug industry worries many local and regional chains, that’s not the case at Happy Harry’s Discount Drug Stores. Asked whether he is concerned about the prospect of chain drug retailing evolving into an industry of just, say, three giant players, chairman, president and chief executive officer Alan Levin quips, “No, because it will be Walgreens, Rite Aid and us.” Indeed, Levin sees the industry’s current case of consolidation fever as an opportunity for his chain rather than a threat. No matter what the big chains playing the merger game might say to the contrary, digesting large acquisitions diverts energy, resources and focus from the day-to-day business of running their stores, he insists. And that, says Levin, is an opportunity he plans to exploit. americanhomepatient.org american home patient

Happy Harry’s is a chain of 33 stores operating mostly in Delaware, with a few outlets in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Last year the company opened two stores, both in Delaware, and it plans to add five more in 1997.

The chain turned in a stellar performance for the fiscal year ended February 28, ringing up $150 million in sales and an 11.9% same-store gain.

Happy Harry’s outlets, which average about 10,000 square feet, offer a classic chain drug merchandise mix, with special emphasis on convenience food and other merchandise keyed to local customer demand. Facing the increased pressure on pharmacy margins that is bedeviling the entire industry, the company is devoting more resources to planogramming, merchandising and sharply focused inventory management.

The chain made two important moves last year to help concentrate its resources on its core drug store business. It sold off its Happy Harry’s Health Care medical equipment and respiratory division to American Home Patient (the same company that purchased Osco Drug’s home health care subsidiary). It also divested its institutional pharmacy business, which had provided home infusion, nursing and long-term care services to some 4,000 patients.

“We still offer some home health care products such as canes, pillows and surgical stockings in our drug stores, but we no longer sell the more specialized equipment,” Levin says. “Those products were a very hard sell in the drug store setting, even when we had the subsidiary. Home health care has become a very specialized business. It’s difficult to keep store personnel up to speed on all the advances taking place.” The thinking behind the November sale of the institutional pharmacy division was that this is a business that is becoming national in scope as opposed to local, according to Levin. “We received a very good offer for the business soon after we sold the home health care unit,” he explains. “The two businesses really complement each other; if you’re going to be in one, you should be in the other. So it made good strategic sense to get out.” One quality for which Happy Harry’s has always been known is its devotion to such civic and charitable causes as the Delaware Kidney Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation. “We have not done anything to change that,” comments Levin. see here american home patient

In fact, last year the company increased its level of support with larger donations to several organiza-tions, including the Heart Association and the Cancer Society. “We had a very good year in 1996, so we decided to pass it along. We have raised more than half a million dollars to date for various charitable causes,” says Levin.

One of Happy Harry’s most successful fund-raising efforts is its annual golf and tennis tournament, which it will be running for the 16th time in 1997. It also sponsors bowl-a-thons, five-kilometer runs, miniature Grand Prix go-cart races and other activities.

On the community front it sponsors youth baseball and soccer teams and senior citizen events. In a typical year the drug chain donates to up to 1,000 different causes.

This year marks Happy Harry’s 35th anniversary, and celebration plans are still in the works. “We have not finalized exactly what we’re going to do,” Levin says. “There will be an anniversary sale, of course, but we also plan to do something special to mark the occasion.” One likely promotion will be the giveaway of a new car to a customer – something the retailer as done on each of its five-year anniversaries in the past. As is usually the case with Happy Harry’s, however, the promotion will have a special local twist.

“We have two auto plants in the area, a General Motors plant and a Chrysler plant,” explains Levin. “What we do is go to one of the plants and take a car right off the assembly line for the giveaway. Last time it was a Chrysler, so maybe we’ll give GM a chance this year. But in keeping with our local theme, we will only give away a car that has been built locally.” Ever the businessman, Levin has a very good marketing reason for the local slant. Happy Harry’s counts some 2,500 United Auto Workers union members among the residents in the markets it serves. “I had an import dealer approach me about giving away one of his cars this summer, but I said absolutely not,” he relates. “‘U.S. car makers have made such great strides in the quality of their products, and the people who build these cars are proud of their work. We want to show that we recognize and support their efforts.” Levin says 1996 was “a fun year” for Happy Harry’s, and a unique one. “We spent a lot of time getting ourselves together, getting our footing, and it’s paid off in big ways both at the bottom line and throughout the organization,” he notes.

Looking ahead, the executive expects the greatest challenge facing the chain to be managing growth in the proper fashion. “We have to take care of fundamentals so we can capitalize on new opportunities,” says Levin. “While the big chains are preoccupied digesting their acquisitions, we are going to take the opportunity to make ourselves as good as we can be over the next two years.” HAPPY HARRY’S * HEADQUARTERS – Newark, Del.

* INDUSTRY RANK – 40 in stores, 29 in sales * Full-year results (2/28/97) Sales – $150 million Net earnings – N/A Net margins – N/A Comparable-store sales – +11.9% * Number of drug stores – 33 * Number of states operating – 3 * Number of drug stores opened or acquired in 1996 – 2 * Number of drug stores closed or sold in 1996 – 0 * Number of drug stores planned for 1997 – 5 * Average sales per store – $4.55 million * Average store size – 10,000 sq.ft.

* Distribution – Distribution centers (2), direct-store delivery N/A = Not available.


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