Ringing endorsements

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Monday afternoon around 2 the town of Erwin was bustling with activity. My small bench nestled across the street on Libertarian Island was packed with people eating sweets from Erwin’s newest downtown merchant.

As much as I wanted to believe they were there to visit the island and taste freedom, I quickly realized the excitement of the day was created by the much-anticipated opening of Burney’s Sweets & More of Erwin. As a downtown merchant myself, I felt obligated to try a sweet treat for myself and check out downtown Erwin’s newest establishment.

For the record, no downtown merchant has ever asked for my ringing endorsement, and who could blame them. Getting an endorsement from a man who endorsed Elmer Fudd in the last presidential election is not a sound business model, but when Elmer Fudd is the best cartoon character in the race, I’m going to endorse him.

Having said that, I would like to welcome Burney’s to downtown and offer my humble ringing endorsement for a job well done. The town of Erwin will benefit greatly from the new downtown establishment, and I encourage everyone to pay them a visit, and feel free to drop off leftovers in my office at any time.

Speaking of ringing endorsements, how nice would it be to be a gun shop owner after a Democratic presidential debate? I mean seriously with 15 to 20 presidential candidates openly talking about snatching your Second Amendment rights away, the time to own a gun shop has never been better.

Don’t get me wrong, I would rather see people buying sweets from Burney’s than buying guns and ammunition, but the truth is law abiding American citizens are afraid and they have good reason to be.

As I have said on many occasions, we don’t have a gun problem in America. We have cultural problems in America that the American politician has no solution for.

Recently I watched a disturbing video from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in which a young man was brutally attacked and beaten by a group of young thugs looking to steal the victim’s smart phone. The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over the victim with a bike. It was without a doubt one of the most horrific attacks I have ever witnessed and a stark reminder that we the people can never surrender our right of self-defense.

Seeing stories like this highlighting the cultural destruction of America makes me appreciate my hometown today more than ever. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the streets packed with local residents treating themselves to sweet treats at Burney’s. I have enjoyed seeing the local residents talking on the sidewalks, and I appreciate the entrepreneurs who made this happen.

Downtown Erwin has never looked better, and for that very reason all the merchants of downtown deserve a humble but honest ringing endorsement.

Jimmy Parker lives in Erwin. Contact him at jimmyprmg@gmail.com.

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