- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Local businesses can jump-start economic activity
To the editor:
I am writing as a business owner to address a growing concern for Missourians and Americans: the state of our economy. The recent dip in consumer confidence demonstrates that more and more Americans, Missourians included, have lost a measure of faith in corporate America and the financial institutions that form the backbone of this country. Fortunately, businesses across the nation, as well as Wall Street firms, are making great efforts to restore the faith of the American consumer. For example, the steps put in place by Merrill Lynch -- altering the compensation structure for stock analysts, instituting oversight committees to monitor the effectiveness of reforms, and more -- are all meant to benefit not only their specific customers, but to encourage timid investors to get back to business.
Though Wall Street is hundreds of miles away and may feel worlds away from our daily lives, reforms like those of Merrill Lynch can have a real effect here in Missouri. By working to jump-start the stock market and replenish confidence in corporate America, more reforms like these will help to bolster our local economy. By returning to spending in our local establishments, we can restore confidence in our economy. It is up to us, the leaders of smaller business throughout Missouri, to follow the precedent for reform set by Merrill Lynch, and in doing so, restore the health of our own communities.
PHILLIP A. ORSCHELN
Kansas City, Mo.