Category Archives: Leona Salazar

Go Green, Pay More Green

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Earlier in the year, we received a letter from our City Manager and City Councilmember which included our “first personalized Home Energy Report.”  The report compares our energy usage compared to our neighbors’. Our “most” efficient neighbors are graphed in green, “all” neighbors are graphed in orange and we’re graphed in, oh my God! black! …

To Ban or Not To Ban

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Recently, the owner of a Pittsburgh-area restaurant changed his policy and has banned children under the age of six from his establishment because they regularly disrupted other customers’ meals.   Mike Vuick, owner of McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, PA, is at the center of this big controversy.   Speaking for myself, I have no problem with his…

The “Likeability” Factor

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Conversation which took place over twenty years ago: Colleague:   “Heard you were getting married; do I know him?” Me:  “Salazar, in Department 404.” Colleague:  “He’s marrying you?  But, he’s so nice…” Me:  (Puzzled look) Colleague:  “….oh, I mean, it’s not that you’re not nice, uh, you’re just different.” In my professional life, I was viewed…

Apology Not Accepted

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Does anyone really buy into apologies —  the frequent “written or spoken expressions of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured or wronged another” that we hear all too often these days from people in the news?  I’m probably not the best person to be writing about this subject.  I’m the gal…

The Writing’s on the Wall

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I admit it.  I hate change.  Well, some change.  Not all change. I didn’t mind when carbon paper became obsolete and photocopiers were available everywhere.  Try typing a 10-page Will with three carbons and no typos.  It was a secretary’s nightmare. I didn’t mind giving up my manual typewriter for an electric one and “oohed”…

… And, By the Way, He’s Gay

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Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a bill which would require inclusion of the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans in school lessons and textbooks. This had to be the dumbest thing I read last week.  Why, you ask? Let me start by saying, I don’t want to know or care how, when,…

The Nanny States of America

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Minnesota, like so many states, is facing a harsh reality.  On July 1st, the government shut down and each side began blaming the other for failing to pass a budget that would solve the $5 billion deficit. What caught my attention was the story of Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight children – six of…

“Money for Nothing and Your ‘Chits’ For Free”

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I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but I just can’t help myself. I run a law office which operates in Washington and California.  I keep calendars, meet deadlines, know in which court my husband is expected to be, and do tons of paperwork.  When I order supplies, I know exactly what I’m buying and know…