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Friday, March 07, 2008

Spring Forward- Spread Sunshine

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about common courtesy. I don't see it much anymore, and it saddens me and at times, sets me off on a rant. My most recent uh...episode, being with a pharmacist who insisted that I was "wrong" when I had brought to her attention that my prescription had been incorrectly filled (for the third consecutive time). She had shown No Compassion, No Concern, only anger and annoyance. I left in a huff, after many a wasted minute, exclaiming that I would never avail myself of their "services" again. I think I read on her face, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out!" It appears that "The Customer is Always Right" policy went out with yesterday's trash. General civility is out on the curb beside it.

Pay it Forward": a movie starring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt. Its' optimistic storyline features how a few kind deeds can snowball into widespread humanity. This movie, adapted from Catharine Ryan’s Hyde’s book of the same title is sweet and meaningful to me … and as I have read, to many others. (Click here to read about the Movement) Although the story describes large gestures, I believe that little things such as holding a door open for the person following behind you, offering your seat to someone who needs it (my mother remembers being very pregnant and having to stand on the bus!), or making eye contact and smiling can make a big difference too. An acquaintance of mine used to say to her daughter, “If someone doesn’t smile at you, give them one of yours”! Wise advice, I say.

A new season approaches. Make it a sunny one and smile!

Monday, March 03, 2008

The State of Delaware is a Good Investment

State of Delaware’s Triple-A Bond Rating Reaffirmed

For the 12th consecutive time, received the highest possible credit ratings for its anticipated sale of general obligation bonds which began just last week. Delaware is one of just seven states with a triple-A bond rating, which it has maintained since 2001.

$45 Million has been set aside for individual and retail investors.

Merrill Lynch has been selected as the lead marketer of the retail bonds and will be joined by the following brokers, which may be contacted by individuals interested in purchasing bonds:

  • Merrill Lynch & Co.

  • (800) 937-0424 Wilmington
    (800) 487-4518 Rehoboth Beach
    (800) 937-0631 Dover

  • Apex Pryor Securities

  • (212) 908-9200

  • Banc of America Securities LLC

  • (800) 445-3387

  • Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

  • (888) 299-7553

  • Citi

  • (800) 441-7744

  • Edward Jones

  • (800) 335-6637

  • Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc.

  • (866) 544-0438

  • Depfa First Albany Securities LLC

  • (800) 567-8567

  • Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

  • (800) 666-0073

  • Loop Capital Markets, LLC

  • (800) 894-0506

  • Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

  • (800) 223-7922

  • UBS Investment Bank

  • (800) 625-7335

  • Wachovia Bank, National Association

  • (800) 355-2130

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    Delaware Intercorp, Inc.
    113 Barksdale Professional center
    Newark, DE 19711-3258

    "For all the best reasons to incorporate,the best place
    is Delaware and the best incorporator is
    Delaware Intercorp!"

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