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.
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“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.”
Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1967