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Open Letter of Complaint to Walgreens Pharmacy

Walgreens Co.
Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO
200 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

RE: Irate Customer Complaint on Your Prescription Mail Service

Dear Mr. Wasson:

Stephen King has nothing when it comes to the horror story that is your prescription mail service. I could easily write my own full-length novel on the ridiculous runarounds and disgusting delays I’ve experienced, but I’ll sum it up a few highlights. These include: Continue reading Open Letter of Complaint to Walgreens Pharmacy

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Fear this: People’s penchant for paranoia can make life a real drag

The world did not end on Dec. 21, as all of the fear-fueled hype predicted. Damn.

Although doomsday has seemingly come and gone with nary a hiccup in the overall scheme of things, don’t worry—there is still plenty to fear. Society makes sure of it.

Ours has become a paranoid lot, fearing everything from the sun that shines upon us to the very air we breathe. Fueled by misinformed Internet postings, random rumors, hyped-up headlines and our neighbor’s offhand remark, we become consumed by terror. What a crummy way to live.

Paranoid parents raise their kids in captivity. Women get both their breasts removed as a preventive cancer treatment “just in case.”

On the local level, we see fears fueled all over the place. Strict anti-smoking laws fuel the fear that a single puff of secondhand smoke will instantly send us, our children, our pets and our houseplants to an early grave.

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A smoking ban puts Pima County on the cutting edge – of stupidity

Pima County gets a big, fat slap on the back for finally being on the cutting edge of something. Too bad we are on the cutting edge of one of the most inane trends wafting across the globe.

No more smoking on any Pima County property. This means you. This also means outdoors.

Pima County parks remain exempt from the ban, despite at least two news stories that stated otherwise. But the ban does apply to parking lots, outdoor county-sponsored events, and those grimy little cubbyholes behind Dumpsters where smokers had been previously “allowed” to puff in a Quasimodo-type stance so no one would see them and complain.

It’s not just the traditional cigarette that’s banned, either. The ordinance applies to “cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, water pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff and other products containing tobacco.”

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