Editor, The Commercial:
Burning me up is the burning down of the Dollar General Store.
Burning down a viable business reduces the overall purchasing power of the community. It does this by requiring people to pay more either in price of the item or in gas and time to travel to another store. For families already struggling, this means less money for essentials. It means shoes getting worn longer, less hair cuts, more canned goods eaten, less repairs on automobiles.
Social conversations aside, this means less manufacturing of new shoes, less barbershop jobs, less viable restaurants and less car repairmen. What is the solution to all the economic problems facing Pine Bluff? I don’t know. I don’t have all the answers.
I know, however, that burning down a store that creates jobs, provides goods and services and replacing it with a boarded up building isn’t one.
Lighten up instead of lighting up.
Renaldo J. Hemphill, Ph.D.