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Petition to Larry Ellison, Safra Catz, Mark Hurd, Thomas Kurian, Inderjeet Singh

Tell Oracle to Move Forward Java EE as a Critical Part of the Global IT Industry

This petition was created by the Java EE Guardians. We are a group of people and organizations very concerned about Oracle’s current lack of commitment to Java EE. We are doing everything we can to preserve the interests of the Java EE community and the global IT industry. We believe that working together – including Oracle – we can ensure a very bright future for Java, Java EE and server-side computing. To make any of this possible we urgently need your support. Please help us by signing this petition. Every voice counts. Java EE is incredibly important to the long term health of the entire Java ecosystem. This is because of the basic fact that Java on the server will remain mission critical to global IT in the foreseeable future. Hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide are written in Java EE, many of those applications are regularly being brought to light. Even applications and frameworks that claim they do not use Java EE are in fact heavily dependent on many Java EE APIs today and going forward, regardless of trends like cloud or microservices. Just some of these APIs include Servlet, JAX-RS, WebSocket, JMS, JPA, JSF and so much more. There were no less than 4,500 input points to the groundbreaking, unprecedented survey to determine Java EE 8 features. In major survey after survey developers continue to show their strong support for Java EE and its APIs. Java EE vendors and products are some of the most enviably profitable in our industry certainly including Oracle and WebLogic. Few multi-vendor open standards are as widely implemented, supported, depended upon or as widely participated in as Java EE. Indeed there are no practical alternatives to Java EE as an open standards based platform. There is an extremely passionate, responsible community behind Java EE – most technologies would be hard pressed to find anything like the Java EE community. The Java EE Guardians is a testament to this fact. There is growing evidence that Oracle is conspicuously neglecting Java EE, weakening a very broad ecosystem that depends on strong Java EE development. Almost all work from Oracle on Java EE has ceased for more than six months with no end to the inactivity in sight. Unless things change soon Java EE 8 won’t be delivered in anywhere near the time when it was initially promised if it is delivered at all. It is very difficult to determine why this neglect from Oracle is occurring or how long it will last. Oracle has not shared it’s motivations even with it’s closest commercial partners let alone the community. A very troubling possibility is that it is being done because Oracle is backing away from an open standards based collaborative development approach and is instead pursuing a highly proprietary, unilateral path. There is a lot the community is doing together to try to tackle this problem the best we can. We are continuing to enthusiastically evangelize Java EE, including Java EE 8. We are strongly supporting active Java EE 8 JSRs like CDI 2 led by companies like Red Hat. We are lobbying Oracle to fulfill its commitments to the Java EE community through all channels available to us. This includes Java EE 8 expert groups as well as the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee (EC). We are keeping all Java EE 8 expert group discussions active, in many cases despite lack of activity from Oracle. We are moving ahead Java EE 8 reference implementations, TCKs and specification documents through open source in many cases despite inactive Oracle specification leads. Our biggest challenge in this regard is access to the TCK and getting our work accepted by Oracle specification leads. We are exploring whether some inactive Oracle led JSRs can switch ownership to us or vendors like Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe or Payara. Our biggest challenge in this regard is persuading Oracle to relinquish control of JSRs they are not delivering on. In conjunction to the above, in the interim we will provide the functionality that should be standardized in Java EE through open source. We will work with vendors like Oracle, Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe and Payara to include these features in their Java EE runtimes out-of-the-box. We will provide these features to vendors completely free of charge with the clear goal of standardization as quickly as possible via the JCP. As committed as we are we still need Oracle to cooperate with us as a responsible, community focused steward to move Java EE forward. Persuading Oracle to adapt to the legitimate interests of people outside of itself – even its own customers – has proven challenging in the past. In all likelihood it may not be easy this time either, though there must always remain plentiful room for reasoned optimism. That is why your voice is so very important. Please join us in signing this petition to ask Oracle to: Clarify how it intends to preserve the best interests of the Java, Java EE and servers-side computing ecosystems. Commit to delivering Java EE 8 in time with a reasonable feature set that satisfies the needs of the community and the industry. Effectively cooperate with the community and other vendors to either accept contributions or transfer ownership of Java EE 8 work. After signing the petition please join us at The Java EE Guardians include many technical luminaries, journalists, Java Champions, JCP experts, JUG leaders and Java developers including Dr. James Gosling, Cameron McKenzie, Arjan Tijms, Bauke Scholtz, Werner Keil, Reza Rahman and Kito Mann. The Java EE Guardians include many Java User Groups and companies around the world including Connecticut JUG, Istanbul JUG, the Japan JUG, Columbus, Ohio JUG, Peru JUG, Madras JUG, India, Esprit Tunisian JUG, Pakistan JUG and Bulgarian JUG.

Java EE Guardians
3,968 supporters
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Petition to Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Press

Bring Back Vault Sodas!

Since the other famous citrus soda, Surge, has came back to the market, why not bring backVault sodas?  • "Vault was a soft drink introduced by The Coca-Cola Company in 2005, and it was the first of its kind: a hybrid between a soda and an energy drink that had one of the most unique and scintillating tastes on the market. Some people have compared it, unjustly, to Mountain Dew or Mello-Yello because of the similar citrus qualities, but what it brings to the soft drink market is a distinctive, full-bodied taste with character and nuance that cannot be found in any soda or energy drink currently available for purchase to the average consumer. Everything from the taste of the product to the shape of the bottles and sprightly advertising campaigns lent a vitality to the soft drink market and The Coca-Cola Company that has been absent ever sinceVault went off the shelves at the end of 2011. I'm asking you today to help me bring this wonderful and delicious beverage back from the soft drink cemetery by signing this petition to get Vault back on the shelves and back in our fridges. Thank you for your time and your help in this matter," states Caleb Wright from Charlotte, NC who's petitioned for the same but the petition was closed. (Bring Back Vault) Dear Coca-Cola Company, I, along with many others, would love to taste that nostalgic taste of a Vault soda one more time. This soda was really my childhood drink I guess you could say. Vault  always would have that smooth flow of citrus whenever you drank it and that would always get me, also my taste buds, a chilling feeling before I could even take off the cap. If you guys could revive that experience for all of us, it would be amazing. From one of your dearest drinkers, Toby Timmerman

Toby Timmerman
944 supporters
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Petition to Stephen D. Showfety, Don Webb, Paul Mengert, Linda Shaw, Jim White, Graham Bennett, Allen Joines, Kevin J. Baker

STOP the renaming of PTI (Piedmont Triad International Airport)

Give Us Your Pick For a NameHelp Us Tell the Airport Authority our Opinion and what we feel the name of our Airport should be. Answer just a few short questions and have your voice heard by the Airport Board members.  Complete the Survey at this link Have you voted to STOP the name Change? Have you invited a local friend? Have you voice your opinion to the name? Are you following this on Twitter? Email: StandByPTI@gmail.comWeb Site: @StandByPTI - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - UPDATE: After seeing the PTI Press Release today I am delighted that the thousands of individuals that have signed the petition voice has been heard. This issue has hit a core nerve of the citizens of the Piedmont Triad area and our identity. I still plan to attend the January 23, 2018 PTI Board Authority and will express my views and the thousands that have spoken. It is not my interest to be a part of the final name that others will recommend, but if asked I will clearly give my opinion as a native of the Piedmont Triad. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Important: At the end of signing this petition please add a comment, news or personal story to others to why you signed this petition and why STOPPING this name change is important to our community! Send your non-FaceBook friends to Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Board of Directors has voted unanimously on December 19th to change the name of the "Piedmont Triad International Airport" (PTI) to "Central North Carolina International Airport". There has been a major outpouring on social media that there is nothing wrong with the current name and that the new name was made with haste and not considering the thoughts of the community.  Airport authority members, appointed by area governments, say they’ve been discussing this change for months. But quietly, without public input. So public reaction, not surprisingly, is ... unenthusiastic. Piedmont Triad International Airport is a public facility governed by a regional authority. Its members are appointed by Guilford and Forsyth county commissioners and Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem city councils. Putting just one city, Greensboro, in the name of the airport would leave out the other entities. Including them all would create a name that’s too long. This dilemma led to the Piedmont Triad International Airport compromise 30 years ago. The Piedmont Triad is made of up three cities, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina. Piedmont Triad International Airport had its start in 1927 when the Tri-City Airport Commission selected 112 acres near the community of Friendship for an airport, and petitioned to become a stop along the congressionally authorized airmail route from New York to New Orleans.  Learn more at There are more reasons not to change this name that I can not list all of them but will list a few: Central North Carolina International Airport does not represent the airport or it's geographic location Some have suggested using "Greensboro International Airport" as many cities have done The name is not broken, why change it? It was stated that Chris Chung head of EDPNC (Economic Development Partnership of NC) to the Airport Authority Board said "While all of us in NC are used to the term Piedmont Triad, I’ll admit I’d never heard the name before moving here.".  A respected local Greensboro native said this to what Chris Chung said "Chris knows as much about Marketing as you do Brain Surgery. All I have heard is laughter and unbelief on the name change. It could well cost us ridership. Makes as much sense as what comes out of Congress!" Hundred of thousands of dollars to change names because some group wanted to change something for the sake of change. It won't bring another carrier in to serve newer markets or reduce the cost of using this airport. From H Scott Hoffmann, writer News & Record: "Sitting in Greensboro, we’d like to see our city’s name associated with our city’s airport. People know cities, some better than others. Greensboro is the third-largest city in the country’s ninth-largest state. Its airport also ranks third in size, behind two that carry the names of specific cities: Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. RDU is located between Raleigh and Durham, so sharing those names makes sense." "Our airport, by whatever name, is poised for growth. Passenger traffic was up this year, with fares on many flights lower than what are available in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. Also, travel hassles are fewer than at larger airports. Honda Aircraft and Haeco Americas are just two companies that have successful operations here, and an aviation-related industrial site is ready for development — in Greensboro." "There probably wasn’t a pressing need to rename the airport, and there’s unlikely to be public consensus that the best new name was selected." It is the goal of this petition is to have the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Board of Directors STOP this name change immediately by seeing the outpouring on names on this petition that this was not a well thought idea.

Nicky Smith
6,241 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Michael Reed, Margaret McAustin, Margo Morales, Sylvia Vega, Diane Marcussen

Stater Bros: Improve the Allen Ave grocery store in northeast Pasadena

In the transition between the Vons becoming a Stater Bros store, our neighborhood grocery store in northeast Pasadena will be closed. While we are pleased that the site will remain a grocery store, we feel that the new store operator and property owner have an obligation to make site improvements to increase the safety and security of its patrons and nearby neighbors. Below are the issues we would like to see improved: More pedestrian friendly. Many elderly residents walk to the grocery store, and many other neighbors do as well, but getting to the store through the parking lot is frightening at times. There needs to be safer paths to the store for pedestrians off of Allen Ave, E Washington, and Bellford. Students walk across the lot and past the delivery docks to Bellford which is very dangerous. Enclosed dumpsters. The store's dumpsters are not covered, which is both unsightly and unsanitary. Many commercial centers have their dumpsters enclosed to prevent this and bad smells. We want the same for our neighborhood. Covered loading docks. The delivery truck design is a disaster. However, given the age of the store, it is what it is. But there is an opportunity to reduce the truck noise and air pollutants by covering the loading docks. Thus, a sound enclosure around the loading area should be mandatory to bring the delivery trucks into compliance with the city noise standards. This can be constructed as a stucco tunnel enclosure lined with a 2-inch-thick absorptive blanket on the interior walls and ceiling. Shielded LED parking lot light fixtures. Shielded light fixtures force the light straight downward, reducing light pollution. These are better for the environment and the neighborhood. Maintain limited hours of operation. One major risk is that a new grocer will seek operating 24-hours a day. It increases the chance of crime and additional noise. Increased security. We would like to see on-site security during all business hours. In particular, this will help keep the parking lot safe for pedestrians. Review Alcohol/Liquor Sales. There are a handful of liquor stores and bars in the immediate vicinity, so it calls into question the need for another licensed retailer of alcohol and liquor. Immediately adjacent to the site are two liquor stores and the 1881 bar (which actually shares the site). We would like to see a community hearing held to review alcohol and liquor sales at the Stater Bros to determine if it's in the community's best interest to have another licensed vendor. A recent survey conducted on the site - - shows majority support for the site improvements. Note: while it is a small sample taken, the responses are from adjacent residents to the site. While residents cannot control lower prices, we can advocate for the other site improvements. 52% of respondents want improved store security both inside and outside of the store. Whereas, 43% of respondents want store access to be more pedestrian friendly, as well as shielded LED park lot lights.  We encourage Stater Bros and the property owner to invest in these improvements, as well as to work with the community in dealing with the issue of store safety and alcohol/liquor sells. We are grateful for the site to remain a grocery store, but we believe this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make improvements to this aging store and site.  Please sign our petition and help improve our community grocery store and neighborhood. 

Save Allen Ave Grocery
20 supporters