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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 LETTERS 19 19 Tanury: Especially now, the future of small business is in your hands Size isn't everything. It is 2020 and it is funny to me that we are still focusing on size so much. I mean, aren't we beyond that now? When it comes to people's body size, we as a culture are still acting as if smaller is better – but we're also acting as if bigger is better when it comes to shopping. In the last year we have seen an enormous spike in the online sales of retail giants and small businesses struggling to get the attention of the American people. Why is that? Aren't we what politicians keep calling the "backbone of our coun- try"? The truth is … No. Small business- es are not respected as the backbone of our country, but we are the heart and soul of our country. I know small businesses aren't always easy to shop because not all of us are online yet. To be honest, creating and maintain- ing a website is not as easy as the GoDaddy commercials lead you to believe. They are actually extremely costly and time consuming. Small businesses don't offer the massive selection of different manufacturers of thing-a-ma-jigs that e-commerce mega giants do, but what we do offer are quality goods at a fair price while being a part of your stories. Small businesses are the heart and soul of America. At the heart of it all small business- es offer relationships and support. Online mega-giants have never cried with you while you talk of your recent cancer diagnosis. Huge coffee store chains don't worry when they haven't seen you in a while. Big box stores don't give you their cell phone number to "call anytime" when they find out your husband is in hospice. Major department stores don't care about your eating disorder struggles or that your son's wedding is coming up and you "don't want to embarrass him." That "heart and soul" is small busi- ness. We are not just a business – we are your community, your cheerleaders in life, and your sounding boards when times are tough. We are your friends, donating to local charities and sponsoring your daughter's soft- ball team. Small businesses are here for you when you need us most. We see how excited you get when you walk into our stores and we remem- ber your name or how you take your coffee. We see how elated you are on Christmas morning when you open the "perfect gift" from your sister that we helped her pick out. We see you in a way a big box store or online mega-store never can … and now we need you to see us. It's now or never. In this day and age of Small Business Saturday campaigns I can honestly say there has never been a more critical time in our country's history to shop small businesses as it is this holiday season. This year's pandemic and forced months-long closures have decimated small busi- nesses throughout the country. Small businesses and restaurants are strug- gling to survive with little to no assis- tance from the government. Don't let the talk of loan forgiveness and small business grants fool you. If we even qualify for such programs we are not getting a fraction of what we've lost. We need you now. We need your support even if it is commenting on a social media post or just buying a pair of socks. Let me be clear, there is no pur- chase too small this year when it comes to small business. When you purchase from a small business you help to plant the seeds of hope in the heart of someone who has put every- thing they have and all that they are into their business. The future of small business in America is up to you now. So on behalf of all small businesses, I would like to say thank you for your sup- port this holiday season. We are hon- ored to be a part of your stories now and, God willing, in the future. JAN TANURY Owner of Botticelli North Providence Robin: Thank you to the USPS I just had a typically pleasant interaction with my postman, whose services are so crucial to the smooth operation of my small business. In these trying times, my USPS deliveries have also been tremendously important to my fam- ily's well-being. It is terrible to think that this foundational social service is under threat by selfish, hypocritical political interests. Congress must act now to protect the U.S. Postal Service and Americans' ability to send and receive mail. That means passing a COVID-19 relief package and strengthening, not bleeding, the U.S. Postal Service. We also must insist on a thorough investiga- tion into the suspicious and sudden shifts in routing postal operations by new Postmaster General DeJoy. Thank you to all of the "good eggs" who work for USPS. Wear your masks, guys! ANNA M. ROBIN Providence League of Women Voters of R.I. offers recognition for an election well done League of Women Voters of R.I., its Board, local Leagues and our mem- bers acknowledge how during these extraordinary times, R.I.'s election was well run and secure. The League recognizes the planning and dedica- tion this required and wants to thank the Board of Elections, R.I. secretary of state, local Boards of Canvassers, poll workers, volunteers and grass- roots organizations – including the R.I. Voting Access Coalition, which includes the LWVRI – that made this election so successful. The League is impressed by the increased number of voters who participated in this election, not only in Rhode Island, but throughout the country. It may be that this particular election elicited this level of partici- pation, but we think it was also the extended early voting availability, easier mail-in ballot procedures and increased communication about how, when and where to vote. This uptick in participation should be encouraged, and the changes implemented to make voting easier, more convenient and accessible adopted permanently. The League will be contacting the members and leadership of the General Assembly to advocate for these changes. For more information, visit LWVRI.org . JANE KOSTER President, League of Women Voters of R.I. got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 or e-mail it to news@valleybreeze.com Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 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