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Barron’s top 10 for 2010:

Apple (AAPL)
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Procter and Gamble (PG)
IBM (IBM)
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A)
Toyota Motor (TM)
McDonalds (MCD)
Google (GOOG)
Cisco (CSCO)
Amazon (AMZN)

Becky Dunlap of the Heritage Foundation was interviewed on FOX and says that land trusts are tax-free environmental activist organizations that are “in cahoots” with government to take people’s private property away from them through easements for the eventual benefit of the government. This is the kind of political extremist hogwash of which there is too much of these days. Did anyone at the Heritage Foundation or FOX bother to look and see that most conservation easements are donated or purchased, and there is no intent to benefit the “government?” In fact it’s the donors who often receive tax benefits FROM the government, while benefiting the general public through their selfless environmental contributions. I happen to have served for a decade on the board of a land trust which has had 22 conservation easements donated, totaling nearly one thousand acres of natural lands which remain in their owner’s control, but are thoughtfully and permanently protected from development. If you can stand to see responsible environmentalism undeservedly dissed, see below.


The rumor mill has Toyota considering offering longer warranties to stimulate confidence in their quality and possible dollar “stimuluses” to foster sales. One initiative they should consider is opening the doors to their dealer service centers and factories, especially those in the U.S., for tours to show off their quality and car safety processes, and let the public meet and talk with their people. Toyota should begin with a massive internal campaign to convince their own people of their renewed commitment to vehicle quality and safety, and turn them into spokespeople for the brand. Traveling and virtual media exhibits on new and enhanced quality and safety ought to also be considered. We need new, humble, reliable reassurances to believe that Toyota and all it’s people really do put customers and their safety first. Should Toyota develop and unveil a new state-of-art Toyota Global Safety Institute?

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