L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 313, April 3, 2005
"The War on Guns"
Verizon wireless has received the Secreatary of Defense employer support freedom reward.
My wife an employee of Verizon wireless for several years became pregnant before my deployment to Iraq in February 2003. She took her maternity leave and returned back to work in August 2003. After my second deployment extension in May of 2004, the deployment and taking care of 2 children became too overwhelming and she was missing days from work taking care of the children.
Verizon had threatened her with her job several times. She was interviewed by the New Haven Register about our extension in May of 2004. In the article she stated she was going to be fired from Verizon if she missed any more time from work.
The following day she was called into Human resources and reprimanded for this statement. She then took a leave of absence until my return in September 2004. Upon her return to Verizon she was told she could not miss any more days until April of 2005. In January the new fiscal year started Verizon refused to give her the sick days she was to get.
At this point Verizon was setting her up for failure. On Friday the 18th my wife came down with the flu. She returned to work on Monday and on Thursday Verizon fired her. During my wifes employment at Verizon wireless she has received several awards. The most recent one just two weeks ago for outstanding customer service.
So how is it that Verizon is voted the best company on "WorkingMothers.com" and rated one of the best for support of military families by the Secreatry of Defense. My wife did her absolute best she could to do her job during my 20 month deployement to Iraq and this is how Verizon treated her. What working mother do you know that could not miss a day of work in 7 months? I would like to know who researches these companies before they give them an award.
Sgt. Dale. W. DeWitt Jr
Sometimes you just have to share incoming email with almost everyone you know:
"Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave...
Kent Van Cleave
A photograph of the original pledge of allegiance to the flag of the USA was banned in a sale on Ebay. As explanation for the ban of America's heritage, Ebay cited it's policy against items related to Nazism. The eye-popping photo and the Ebay letter are at http://rexcurry.net/pledgeban.html
Questions raised by Ebay's actions include the following (and any answers are not clear from Ebay's letter):
Is Ebay acknowledging that the USA's original pledge of allegiance (which used a straight-arm salute) was the origin of the Nazi salute? That historic discovery was exposed by the historian Rex Curry at http://rexcurry.net/pledgesalute.html
Additional eye-popping photos are at http://rexcurry.net/pledge2.html
Does Ebay believe that historic photographs of America's original pledge violate laws in countries that ban Nazi depictions? (Selling or displaying Nazi artifacts is illegal in France. Germany is similar. In other words, is the U.S. pledge a Nazi artifact? Is it illegal to display / sell historic photographs of the original USA pledge in France and/or Germany?)