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Lowe’s and “All-American Muslim”
Many readers responded to our coverage of Lowe’s decision to pull advertising from a TLC reality show. 

“Good for Lowe’s. [The company] has the right to put its sponsorship money any place it believes will get it the most exposure.”
— Don Dye
Mary’s River Lumber Co.
Corvallis, Ore.

“Americans in police and military uniforms have fought for the right to practice any form of religion without fear of persecution in this country. This was one of the fundamental principles on which our country was founded.

“Having said that, I don’t think a retailer deciding not to advertise on a particular TV show whose sole purpose is a religious PR campaign to push a specific agenda is ‘bigoted.’ There are plenty of fundamentalist Christian TV shows that most retailers wouldn’t want to advertise on simply because the people who watch those shows aren’t their core customer demographic. So, why are they bigoted if they don’t want to advertise on a Muslim TV show, but not bigoted if they don’t want to advertise on a Christian TV show?”
— Steve White

“Lowe’s Home Improvement made its decision to end advertising during the TLC show ‘All-American Muslim’ following the bigoted outcry of the Florida Family Association (FFA). The FFA claims the program is a form of ‘propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.’

“Ironically, Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock oversees the Lowe’s Social Responsibility policy for Diversity and Inclusion. The policy states: ‘Lowe’s is committed to treating each customer, employee, community, investor and vendor with respect and dignity.’ I urge Niblock to add the following amendment: ‘So long as that customer, employee, community, investor or vendor doesn’t practice Islam, a belief that offends an ignorant and backwards segment of our market.’ Society has an ethical and moral duty to stand up against an unjust influence of those attempting to pit Americans against Americans on account of differing faiths.”
— Adam Staerkel
Austin, Texas

“Now we are defining religious freedom by forced financial sponsorship.”
— Jeff Wilson 

“If Lowe’s had decided to quite advertising on a Christian-based program, would Senator Ted Lieu have called Lowe’s bigoted, shameful and un-American? I don’t think so.

“Lowe’s should be able to use its advertising money anyway it sees fit.”
— Steve Johnson
Johnson Hardware

Bulb ban delayed
The following letters were prompted by coverage of a federal delay in enforcement of the phaseout of certain incandescent light bulbs that was to take effect Jan. 1.

“Finally, a small glimmer of sanity in Washington, listening to the majority of consumers/voters rather than forcing a political agenda.

“Yes, make the delay permanent. Please let me choose when and where in my home to use new bulb technologies versus the traditional incandescent technologies. As the new bulb technologies continue to evolve and improve, I will eventually switch to 100% usage of the new bulb technologies once I perceive that the value-proposition (including all factors: light quality, energy savings, eco considerations, price, etc.) warrants doing so. But that should be my free-market decision with the bulb manufacturers working hard to improve bulbs so that product performance and value drive the change, not a government mandate.”
— Anonymous 

“What a brave group of legislators we have taking on the light bulb instead of the economy! I wonder how many fancy $25 light bulbs you can sell to the millions of people who are losing their homes because of these idiots in Washington. We better fix the economy, the deficit and the out-of-control Washington spending first! Let me buy whatever light bulb I want!”
— Bill Snyder
Payroll tax cut extension

“I look at this payroll tax cut extension as a political move that is relatively valueless in its ability to stimulate anything except some limited good feelings with some voters and as a potentially destructive move applied to Social Security funding, which is already in short supply due to the inability of Congress to manage financial affairs. This does not in any substantial way address the deficit or the lack of growth in our economy and is not in any way a positive economic move. Pure politics, pure and simple. Not one job will be created. Its implementation will not bring back any certainty to our economy. It is simply a poor version of pork barrel politics — pandering at its worst.”
— George McCullough


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Who do you view as your biggest competitor?

Spirit of Life in Orlando

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ray Griffith will find himself in good company on Feb. 7.

The CEO of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. will share the spotlight at an Orlando, Fla., ceremony on the eve of the International Builders’ Show. Griffith will be the Spirit of Life honoree at the 30th anniversary celebration of City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry group.

“This is an honor for Ace Hardware, but I recognize that my name and photo are attached,” Griffith told Home Channel News. “I feel privileged and happy to help.”

City of Hope is the Southern California-based research and treatment facility known as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country. Over the past 30 years, the Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has helped raise more than $140 million for the charity.

Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, a 2001 Spirt of Life honoree, is slated to serve as master of ceremonies for the event.


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Maine governor opens the green gates

BY HBSDealer Staff

Maine is the latest battleground among competing “green” forest certification groups.

Maine Governor Paul LePage signed an executive order in December directing that “any new or expanded state buildings shall incorporate ‘Green Building’ standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standard, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), American Tree Farm System and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems.”

FSC is the only system allowed in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating, a rule that rankles competing groups.

What could be more fair than a level playing field? Well, before you could say, “timber,” voices from the environmental industry fired with both barrels.

“Gov. LePage’s executive order is deceptive and potentially undermines the health and long-term sustainability of Maine’s forests,” said Karen Woodsum, program director of the Maine Woods Campaign of the Sierra Club. Or this one from the National Resource Defense Council’s Sami Yassa: “By moving the state’s emerging green-building economy backwards, LePage is attacking one of the bright spots in the economy right now. His support of unsustainable forestry defies the interests of his citizens and common sense.”

In support of the governor, the SFI fired back against the current rules that give green preference to FSC wood offshore over SFI-certified wood in North America. “This policy is great news for North American communities,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI CEO.


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