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March 09, 2009

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SUSAN L.RUDNICK

DEAR DOUG,MY FAMILY AND I ARE THE OWNERS OF ALITA TILE INC.WE OPENED OUR DOORS IN 1989.WE TOOK OUT A SECOND MORTGAGE ON OUR HOME AND SACRIFICED MANY HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS TO MAKE THE BUSINESS GROW .ALL FOUR OF OUR CHILDREN HELPED OUT IN SOME CAPACITY; BE IT IN OUR WAREHOUSE,ON THE SALES FLOOR OR IN THE OFFICE.WE NOW HAVE TWO RETAIL LOCATIONS AND TWO WAREHOUSES.WE HAVE GROWN FROM A MOM AND POP RETAIL STORE TO A VIABLE DIRECT IMPORTER DISTRIBUTOR.WE ENJOY OUR LIFE AND OUR BUSINESS.OUR BUSINESS IS OUR LIFE .WE DIDNT MAKE A QUICK BUCK FROM INVESTMENTS.WE SACRIFICED FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.ITS BECOMING HARDER AND HARDER BUT WE STILL HAVE FAITH THAT ARE HARD WORK WILL PREVAIL US THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.FONDLY SUSAN L.RUDNICK C/O ALITA TILE INC.

John

On a slightly-related note, if there's a major hit to the economy, we're going to need to rely more on local farms. Has anybody at News 12 looked at this "Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009" (H.R. 875)? It seems to replicate the FDA bureaucracy with the intent to "crack down" on small producers. Section 206 seems particularly draconian and designed to annoy small producers. Section 405 establishes a million dollar fine for any infraction.

This seems like a terrible time to make life difficult for farmers' markets and roadside stands, especially out on the East End. Where do our local Representatives stand, here?

John

The good news, I think, is that if we pull together with our communities and collectively grow up, we'll come out of this better than we went in.

For too long, we've been treating manufacturing as a fate worse than death, outsourcing every real job we could find, losing all traces of entrepreneurial spirit, and gambling our retirements on stocks (ahem, because "the market always goes up") or hoping for Social Security.

It's my hope that people will start actually making things again instead of wasting time at Wall Street's casino or waiting patiently for the government to save us. I mean, with the numbers of unemployed increasing, it's only a matter of time before someone finds the "next big thing" that helps us all right the ship.

(It's why I went into business for myself, in fact. I may not have the aptitude for making real things, but I can write software that helps people to do it.)

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