Tough Issues in the Big Easy

Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:40

By Joseph Romano,

Marketing Manager

nola-food-coopNever forget that justice is what love looks like in public.

— Cornel West

In a chapter on New Orleans in Life on the Mississippi (1883), Mark Twain described "a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get." In Twain's words:

We picked up one excellent word ... a nice limber, expressive, handy word — "lagniappe." They pronounce it lanny-yap. ... It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a "baker's dozen." It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop — or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know — he finishes the operation by saying — "Give me something for lagniappe."

The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor — I don't know what he gives the governor; support, likely.

When you are invited to drink — and this does occur now and then in New Orleans — and you say, "What, again? No, I've had enough"; the other party says, "But just this one time more — this is for lagniappe."

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A Very New Year!

Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:24

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

hydrofrack-300That Hydrofrack won't taste so good in your beer, milk, and soup!"

— Graffito near our West End store, on a since-demolished building

For years now, The Ghost of Future Lost, the worst of Marley's apparitions whom we had yet to meet, had haunted our sleep and our waking dreams, terrifying the members of our GreenStar community, leaving visions of fracking nightmares dancing in our heads.

Like every year before, 2015 could have been the year that tens of thousands of trucks, 75,000-lb. tanker trucks, shrieked down our quiet roads both day and night. Thousands of concrete oil pads, noisy compressors, harsh lights, and the industry of destruction could have overtaken our sylvan hills and valleys. Befouled water, soil, and air, dead animals, and chronically ill family members might have been what passed for life in our quiet upstate community. While we fought with our all against these terrors, it didn't seem likely we would prevail.

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Want to Run for GreenStar's 
Council? Here's How...

Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:21

By Dan Hoffman,

Governance Committee Chair

How often do you have the chance to serve on the board of directors for a $20 million-a-year business, and to be a representative of over 10,000 member-owners of the enterprise?

That's the opportunity coming up soon for GreenStar members, as the Co-op prepares for its 34th annual Council election, in April. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit a written Declaration of Candidacy by March 1. Now is the time to start thinking about whether running for and serving on Council would be the right thing for you (or someone you know) to do.

There are 15 seats on Council, and the staggered terms of elected directors are normally three years, so at least five seats are open each year for incumbents or newcomers to vie for. Because of an unusually high number of resignations (five) from Council Members since the 2014 election, a whopping nine (!) seats will be filled in this year's election. The only time there were more seats to be filled since Council was created was in 2010, when 10 slots were available. This year, the top five vote-getters will win three-year terms, while the next four will earn one-year terms.

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