A Local Perspective

  My father owned a business for over 50 years. That is one of the many reasons I believe in supporting local businesses. I believe in supporting them to the point I created a Facebook page called, Mahoning Valley Citizen Promoters. I hope you’ll check out that page and comment on places you love in our valley.

  I enjoyed going to the Lime Tree Sandwich Gallery in Warren, Ohio the other night for poetry! People were raving about the sandwiches and I loved the watermelon beer. From time to time I like to talk about locally owned mom and pop businesses on this blog. Therefore, I want to point out when these local businesses have dropped the ball. As I’m in the Lime Tree a manager or the owner (don’t know which) asked a server what else he needed for his supplies list. He then said, “OK I’m off to Sam’s Club.” I didn’t have time to make a comment before he was gone so I will here. Local businesses want our support but won’t support other local businesses? This is just plain WRONG. If the guy from Lime Tree needed restaurant equipment he could have walked a block down the road to locally owned, A&N Restaurant Supplies & Equipment: https://www.facebook.com/ANRestaurantEquipment?rf=167774273234147.

  He could have also checked out Zabel’s Restaurant Equipment & Supplies in Youngstown: https://www.facebook.com/ZabelsOnline?rf=146357048741815

  If local businesses like the Lime Tree needed large can products, frozen food, cold cuts and cheese they shouldn’t buy from corporate giants like SYSCO, GFS or Sam’s Club. They should check out locally owned Santisi’s Wholesale Foods: http://shoutyoungstown.blogspot.com/2010/08/santisis-foods-downtown-youngstowns.html

  A&N, Santisi’s and Zabel’s are also opened to the public so check them out. Local businesses we want to love and support you but PLEASE show some love and support for other local businesses. I want to thank my friend Jeanne for pointing out to me that we need local business to be environmentally friendly. That means things like using real silverware and glass plates not plastic ones that aren’t Mother Earth friendly. Let’s all support one another.

  I want to talk about two local businesses that don’t support the majority of our local citizens. Those two are The Warren Tribune Chronicle and The Youngstown Vindicator. I think their editors are anti-union and don’t represent the working-class people of our area. I was surprised at an editorial the Tribune’s editor, Frank Robinson wrote the other day. He stated that we should find alternative ideas instead of imprisonment for nonviolent criminals. I was shocked thinking that Robinson had found a soul. He instead was only interested in saving money by not incarcerating and having so many inmates. I guess you can sometimes get conservatives on your side by showing them a way to save money. They seem to have wallets where their moral compass should be. On another day this past week Editor Robinson wrote an editorial dismissing alternative energy. He favors coal and oil because he thinks they are cheaper. I guess its Mother Earth be damned and our kids can wear gas masks in the future.

  Renewable energy mostly in the form of wind power is working very well in Kansas. Politicians in both parties know this and won’t speak against it. The Koch brothers who are heavy into the petroleum industry having been working hard to overturn alternative energy in Kansas by proposing legislation to overturn it. Politicians in both parties know alternative energy has been a great success in Kansas. That is why they won’t speak against it like Editor Robinson does. Even though some of these Kansas politicians (like the GOP governor) have taken money from the Koch brothers they won’t propose legislation to destroy alternative energy.

Local band: “Chasin’ the Blues” 

“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.”
-George Porter
Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1967

It is time for a sustainable energy policy which puts consumers, the environment, human health, and peace first.

DENNIS KUCINICH, speech, Sep. 27, 2005

Read more at http://www.notable-quotes.com/a/alternative_energy_quotes.html#k6IbXqG5bofbjLcK.99

It is time for a sustainable energy policy which puts consumers, the environment, human health, and peace first.

DENNIS KUCINICH, speech, Sep. 27, 2005

Read more at http://www.notable-quotes.com/a/alternative_energy_quotes.html#k6IbXqG5bofbjLcK.99


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4 responses to “A Local Perspective

  1. local business owner

    Not everything can be purchased locally in the quantity, shape, size, or on the same schedule as some of our local businesses need them. Just because you over hear a conversation about the manager making a run to Sam’s Club does not give yout the right to shame a local business. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  2. Brock Featherstone

    Editor Lie Robinson Monger is a complete moron. The guy constantly denies alternative energy works, even claiming non existing locally, of course under one of his alias tough guy masks. Robinson should take a ride some day just northwest of Warren and look around. It would enlighten him to know there are windmills in a predominantly Conservative county near by. It would also blow the stink off his lazy crusty butt. Big shot editor despises unions out of envy. Plain and simple. He’s a YES SIR type of jellyfish (spineless). Save money? Yea. Like Robinson makes millions and is so buisness minded ( as the tribine continues to crumble and will eventually become gobbled up). He does make me laugh. One miserable delusional sap that turd is!

  3. elecpencil

    The owner of the Lime Tree runs a great place. I said how great his sandwiches and beer are. I said it was nice he was hosting local poets. I guess you missed those comments and just read the parts you wanted to object to. The owner has expressed that people need to support downtown Warren local businesses. He should in return support other local businesses. I pointed out alternative places besides Sam’s Club to buy supplies. My dad was in business and didn’t need supplies at odd hours. He knew how to have inventory. There is no shame on my part as I’m just asking local businesses to support one another. If you are a local business owner who doesn’t want to support other local businesses tell me the name of your business so I don’t wander in there by mistake. Sorry you don’t have an understanding of a local business community having solidarity with one another.

  4. elecpencil

    Brock I totally agree. I’m not sure Robinson has an opinion on anything, I just think his corporate master phones it in.

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