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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Payday lending editorial accurately depicted issue

To The Daily: Your editorial on payday lending was a welcome change from the usual “loan shark” diatribe that we often see.

Indeed, as some legislators and many rabid consumer groups do their best to derail the industry, they fail to understand the real need that exists among a large proportion of the population that creates the strong demand for payday loans.

Your editorial insightfully asks the question as to why this demand exists. And it concludes that we know the answer: Many people don’t earn enough to live on.

Until that changes, people will need the payday loan option to make ends meet.

Jay Powers
Cleveland, Tenn.

Gee’s store a historic site, doesn’t qualify as eyesore

To The Daily: On Oct. 25, your Hiding in plain sight was Mr. Gee’s store and home in Flint. Sixty years ago as a child, I used to go to Decatur with Mr. Gee. He would buy groceries and he and I would stock his shelves. At that time, he had the only grocery store in Flint.

That is a historic site to me, not an eyesore at all.

Mr. Gee and Aunt SaraBelle’s children are not children any longer and I am sure they do what they are able to do with this historic site. Don’t fault; rally around and help preserve.

I remember Patsy and Hugh, their children, with the fondest of memories.

Frank Tapscott
Decatur

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