Letter: Small towns must quit pining for how things used to be

RIPON’S NEWEST E-cigarette store, Ideal Vapor, will open May 1 at 220 Watson St. staff photo

To the Editor:

(Re. “Comments about new hookah bar unnecessary,” April 2) In my experience of being an outsider from a different state, towns like Ripon, Berlin and others in the area seem as if they are bent on keeping these small towns small and old “Like the way they always have been” with nothing new, and not catering to today’s younger society.

I guess this is why these towns are dwindling and aging like never before.

In Berlin, many of the downtown businesses are never open or they close at 4 p.m. right when people get off of work.

They stay closed when special events are happening like Christmas parades and such.

Same goes for some of the food businesses in Ripon; they are never open.

From a business sense, this does not make any sense. No one ever said that owning a business should be convenient for the owners. ...

In my experience as a business manager, businesses need to work together to survive and to flourish. This is business 101. ...

— Adam Umbreit

Berlin

To read the entire letter, see the April 16, 2015 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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