Customer Service Review: Sails Marine, Monroe, CT

On October 15th, 2012 I placed an order with Sails Marine via their website (www.sailsmarine.com) which required me to create an account.

I received an order confirmation email listing the status as processing and the tracking number as pending.

Ten days later, having not received a tracking number, I used their site to track the order. It was showing a status of warehouse, still with a tracking number of pending.

Today, on October 29th, 2012 I returned to the site to find that my order status is now canceled.  At no point did they contact me to offer an explanation.

Based on this experience, I would not recommend ordering products from this company. The price was the best I could find online, but they don’t honor their contractual obligations as far as order fulfillment is concerned.

Rating: F

Contact info:

Sails Marine
105 Hillside Lane
Monroe, CT 06468
United States

captain@sailsmarine.com

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Sherrod Brown (D) vs. Josh Mandel (R) vs. Scott Rupert – US Senate

Scott Rupert responded on 10/6/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

Economic score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

So his responses would be classified as Libertarian.

100_100

I’ll update Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel’s answers for comparison when I receive their answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Pat Tiberi (R) vs. Jim Reese (D) – Representative to Congress (12th District)

Jim Reese responded on 10/8/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 60

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Agree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

Economic score 30

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

So his responses would be classified as Centrist.

60_30

Pat Tiberi refused to answer the questions on 10/10/2012. Here’s what his campaign had to say:

Mr. Noble,

Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in Congressman Tiberi’s candidacy.  As you might imagine, with over 700,000 people residing in the 12th congressional district, it’s not possible for us to respond to individual surveys. We believe that Congressman Tiberi’s long voting record, the many media voter guides he has completed and the countless news and interest group resources, make information about his positions readily available to any interested voter.

Thanks again,

Kristen Frissora
Campaign Manager
Tiberi for Congress

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Daphne Hawk (R) vs. Terry Brown (D) – Franklin County Recorder

Daphne Hawk responded on 10/8/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 70

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Agree
  4. Disagree
  5. Agree

Economic score 70

  1. Maybe
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Maybe
  5. Maybe

So her responses would be classified as Libertarian.

70_70

I’ll update Terry Brown’s answers for comparison when I receive his answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Maureen Reedy (D) vs. Stephanie Kunze (R) vs. Thomas Alban – 24th Ohio House District

Stephanie Kunze responded on 10/7/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 40

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

Economic score 50

  1. Maybe
  2. Maybe
  3. Maybe
  4. Maybe
  5. Maybe

So her responses would be classified as Centrist.

40_50

 

Thomas Alban responded on 10/10/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

Economic score 10

  1. Disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

So his responses would be classified as Liberal.

100_10

I’ll update Maureen Reedy’s answers for comparison when I receive hers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

John Stacy vs. Michael Collins vs. Kristen McKinley – State Board of Education (6th District)

John Stacy responded on 10/7/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

Economic score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

So his responses would be classified as Libertarian.

100_100

Michael Collins responded on 10/7/2012 and refused to answer the questions, explaining “I’m seeking re-election to the State Board of Education, which is a non-partisan race and I  believe my personal political/governmental and economic positions are not necessarily relevant to my pursuit of this office.

I’ll update Kristen McKinley’s answers for comparison when I receive her answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Zach Scott (D) vs. Mike Herrell (R) –Franklin County Sheriff

Mike Herrell responded on 10/6/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 60

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Agree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

Economic score 90

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Maybe
  5. Agree

So his responses would be classified as Libertarian.

60_90

I’ll update Zach Scott’s answers for comparison when I receive his answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Quizzing the Candidates

I recently obtained a sample ballot from the Franklin County Board of Elections (just click Search by Name to get yours). It’s a nice way to get started on researching the candidates.  Considering the only Libertarian candidate on MY ballot right now is Gov. Gary Johnson – and he already has my vote – I figured I’d get a feel for where some of the other candidates stand on Libertarian issues.

Luckily the Board of Elections makes a list of certified candidates available – along with contact information such as email and phone numbers. For candidates not listed, I looked for the info on their county party websites (the GOP did a good job at providing this info – the Dems not so much). Everyone else I contacted via their campaign websites.

So, to help weed out the candidate list, here is the list of questions I posed to each of them:

Personal Issues

  1. Government should not censor speech, press, media, or internet.
  2. Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft.
  3. There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults.
  4. Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs.
  5. There should be no National ID card.

Economic Issues

  1. End “corporate welfare.” No government handouts to business.
  2. End government barriers to international free trade.
  3. Let people control their own retirement; privatize Social Security.
  4. Replace government welfare with private charity.
  5. Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more.

You may recognize the questions from the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, which I recommend taking yourself so you can see how similar your views are to those of the candidates.

So, over the next few weeks, as the responses trickle in, I’m going to try to share their results with you – to help you inform your own decisions with regard to these candidates. It will also serve as a bit of an archive since candidates views change. If I ask them again in a later election it will be interesting to see how their views changed on these key issues.

If a candidate doesn’t specifically say whether they agree or disagree with one of the questions, I’ll be treating those as “Maybe” responses. Also, candidates are listed in the order they appeared on my sample ballot.

Here’s a list of the races covered so far:

Sherrod Brown (D) vs. Josh Mandel (R) vs. Scott Rupert – US Senate

Pat Tiberi (R) vs. Jim Reese (D) – Representative to Congress (12th District)

Zach Scott (D) vs. Mike Herrell (R) –Franklin County Sheriff

Maureen Reedy (D) vs. Stephanie Kunze (R) vs. Thomas Alban – 24th Ohio House District

Daphne Hawk (R) vs. Terry Brown (D) – Franklin County Recorder

John Stacy vs. Michael Collins vs. Kristen McKinley – State Board of Education (6th District)