Tuesday Open Line

As the old song says — “Button up your overcoat” because winter storms are not far away. With the calendar moving toward the end of the year, it’s increasingly time for water-resistant boots and jackets, sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves. In some areas, these are needed just to continue going about everyday business, whether it’s working on a ranch or commuting to a big office building downtown. To answer this wide variety of needs, there are just fewer than 190,000 clothing stores across the country. Some cater to men, some to women, some to children, and others to entire families. Each year, the combined sale of these stores is $162 billion. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.

All, I have a few more news to post, but it will be Tuesday morning before I’ll be able to do so.   Thanks.