A little help

Americans you’re traveling again and I applaud you for that.  I’m so glad to see your optimism has returned and you’re back enjoying the open road.  The U.S. could use your help.  One thing that I have noticed in my recent travels is that middle America is struggling.  I’m talking about small businesses, Mom and Pop diners, corner drugstores and retail.  I’ve been in a number of small towns where 1/3 of the Downtown is papered over shops with “for lease” signs out front.  Businesses, especially small businesses are barely hanging on.  How can you help?  Buy locally.  I’ve said this before, but it’s still important.  Road tripping?  Get off that freeway/McDonald’s gravy train and stop into a small town instead.  I guarantee you there will be a couple of restaurants and usually a coffee shop on the town square.  These places are run by locals, often support local farms and employ people from their communities.  If you really want to do something for your country, leave the Wal-Mart and shop at the charming old school drugstore.  It may cost a bit more, but isn’t it worth it to help your neighbors?  I know they’ll appreciate it!

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