09/02/11 — Support at home: Wayne County residents, businesses have had a tough week

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Support at home: Wayne County residents, businesses have had a tough week

It might not seem that way, but Wayne County got off lucky.

There were no storm-related deaths other than a traffic fatality and there are not hundreds of people facing destroyed homes and ruined lives.

But there are more than a few people who have had a tough week -- and who deserve a little support from their community.

First and foremost, there are the families who are dealing with lost food, debris-covered yards and, in some cases, damaged homes.

Offering an extra hand with the cleanup, a free meal or just a kind word is a great way to show those who have been affected by the storm that this community cares.

Local businesses and local farmers also are facing losses from the storm.

For local farmers, acres of crops are gone, and they are scrambling to save what little is left. Agriculture is one of the key components of this county and state's economies. The plight of those who work in the business should be a top concern of local and state officials.

There might not be much we can do to support local farmers as individuals, but we can remind lawmakers that their losses deserve attention and action.

Local businesses have also lost critical sales days because of the hurricane.

If you are considering making a purchase or need to restock a refrigerator, consider making that buy here, locally, to help the stores and companies that support this community all year long.

Hurricane Irene dealt us only a glancing blow, thank goodness.

Getting back on our feet will be easier if we continue to do it together.

Published in Editorials on September 2, 2011 10:34 AM