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More than just a cookie maker

January 13, 2013

By NICOLE GUGINO OBSERVER Assistant News Editor SILVER CREEK — Petri’s Baking Products is one of the largest employers in Silver Creek, but the impact of the plant’s impending closure is......

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Jan-13-13 7:02 PM

Well said chuck 392

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Jan-13-13 11:57 AM

"The five states in the worst financial condition--Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California and New Jersey--are all among the bluest of blue states. It comes down to stronger unions and a larger appetite for public programs." - Forbes.

Something to consider when we start assigning blame.

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Jan-13-13 11:49 AM

The biggest problem we face as a state is the ever-increasing welfare load on our economy. Why is this so difficult for people to see? When a family can make as much being on welfare as they can working, welfare becomes the new career and the rest of the working people and businesses strain to pay for it all. I'll bet people would be surprised to know that the average working American family makes $24.00 per hour and that the average Welfare family makes $23.55 per hour! Why would someone want to work? And NY is much more generous than the average state, so it's got to be even worse here. Hey, NY just gave a 10% raise to welfare recipients.

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Jan-13-13 9:02 AM

Libs, you got it all wrong ! Petri did not build that as our great leader would say. Profit not a concern ? It better be if you want them to pay taxes and grow. Permission to sell a business? What else do you libs want ? genuflection ? You never mentioned the horrible business climate in NY due to demoicrats and puiblic employee unions and you are calling business owners greedy ! You seem to lack a grasp of the facts.

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Jan-13-13 8:44 AM

The mayor has his head in a hole. ConAgra still has to pay the taxes on the property unless it can sell it, fat chance. I'm sure,however, they will be looking to re-assess the property. As for another cookie maker they can't use the Petri recipes. I think chances of a replacement of any kind of business is slim to none. Sad, sad sad.

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Jan-13-13 7:21 AM

I agree with OURnotgonalikeme. When we moved here 24 years ago this was a great place to live and raise a family. Over the last 8 years it has gone done hill. Mismanagement is not a strong enough word. It is time to dissolve the little villages and do the right thing for the taxpayers. I feel terrible for the workers at Petris. My husband lost his job to a closure and oh yeah, I lost my job of 12 years to RALCORP when they took over Red Wing. Two profitable companies now a disaster because of Ralcorp. Capitalism at its very best. They do not care about the little people and how they have devastated their lives. They will continue to sleep at night and not blink an eye. But yet it is the middle class Americans that are holding this fine country of ours up. Thank you to all holding a seat as a representative of the people. You will never go hungry or without shelter, look at what you stand to gain even after your term is over. Shame on all of you.

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Jan-13-13 4:29 AM

I'm sorry, call me a whiney Liberal, but if we are going to fix these villages and towns business owners are going to have to stop making profit their number one agenda. Silver Creek has supported Petri's for all these years, even allowing them to take over a huge portion of commercial property only to watch them "sell out" to a larger corporation for a quick buck. Just like many other businesses because this is America and that's how it is done. Build your Walmarts and kill the locals. Meanwhile local "officials" take the quick cash without even considering the what if situation when this happens. Between Petri's and the Village's mismanagement they have took a once quaint lively village and turned it into a slumly black stained ghost town.. Capitalism at it's best

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Jan-13-13 1:29 AM

This may be the town's "Roger and Me" moment. I hope this publication does not let this issue fade away.

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