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After driving around town the other day, my 6-year-old daughter asked me, “why are so many stores going out of business?” No kidding…

She was referring to the recent closures of Gold’s Gym, All-American Deli and Boomtown. All three were on our route that day.

I told her to first go ask Norma DuBois; then go talk to Duncan. That way she can learn about the local economy and do some soul searching at the same time. I’m still waiting to find out what kind of monkey I’m raising: a blind optimist or a passionate skeptic.