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We received an interesting news release from The Harris Poll, which polls just about everything under the sun. For the past decade, The Harris Poll has measured the  percentage of Americans who perceive 19 large industries as “generally honest and trustworthy.” This year, this perception has dropped for 18 of the 19 industries, as overall U.S. adults seem to have lost trust in most of corporate America. And, the only industry that did not drop is tobacco companies, as just 3 percent of Americans say they normally would believe a statement from someone in that industry – same as it’s been for the past few years. At the other end of the spectrum, the most trusted industries are supermarkets – where three in ten (30 percent) say this industry is generally honest and trustworthy. For more information visit

In an interesting article in The Washington Post, reporter Reid Wilson wrote about some interesting shopping habits: “If you call yourself a Republican, you were more likely to stock up at Wal-Mart or Costco. Independent voters are more likely to get their groceries at traditional grocery stores, like Giant, Safeway, Food Lion, Publix or Albertsons.”

Giant/Landover and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation worked together to support children in need during the holiday season. Toys for Tots collected bins in 170 neighborhood stores in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and Delaware.

This was the third consecutive year that the bins were used. As in past years, thousands of children received toys they normally would not have. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is now in its 65th year.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, we received a lovely and “newsy” note from retired Baltimore-Washington food broker, Charles “Charlie” Nolte. Charlie and his lovely wife, Susan spent the early part of 2013 on a seven-day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. One of Charlie’s favorite past times is playing the piano, so while at his 55th college reunion at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, Charlie played the piano at the school. And it wasn’t just any old piano, it was the piano that once belonged to Robert E. Lee. (Charlie was quick to remind us that wife Susan’s grandfather fought in the Civil War for the North.)