I was in a local small family operated store (that shall remain nameless) recently. The family was discussing business being down, actually bad lately. They were talking about all the people that are shopping at the malls and at Meijer and Wal-Mart. Now they had to deal with Kohl's and Target also. They were talking about how when they do get traffic in the store, the customers just don't spend as much as they used to.
I felt for them. I have been shopping there for more than 20 years. They seem like good people and have always been friendly and helpful, just the way a mom and pop store is supposed to be. We talked about how so many jobs have been lost in the area in the last few (Bush) years, and how the local economy is really down.
Here is the main thing that they didn't understand and the reason I am writing this letter. As everyone around here should know, Sandusky has two major industries: tourism and auto plants. Virtually everyone either is an autoworker, has been, is related to, or knows one.
The local auto industry, in its many forms, has provided a lot of good-paying jobs here for over 50 years. All that is going away.
Guess what. When the good paying jobs leave so does the money the workers earned. Tourism is not going to keep Sandusky alive, it is not going to even keep it treading water. When/If the plants go down so does Sandusky. It will affect every aspect of everyone's lives, not just the workers and their families.
Here is the punch line. All three cars driven by this family were foreign cars. Funny how things come back and get you sometimes huh?