first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE that the first installment of campaign finance reports has been officially filed with the Vanderburgh County Clerk last week? …some of the filings we reviewed were predictable but one concerning the Republican primary race for the Vanderburgh County Commissioner caught our attention?  …that well-known businessman, well-respected community leader and political newcomer Steve Hammer reported that his campaign has collected an impressive $43,835 from135 people so far?  …that longtime political office holder and highly regarded community leader Mike Duckworth reported that four (4) people give him $3,200 towards his campaign so far?  …that well-known businessman and political newcomer Vernon Stevens reported that nine (9) people give him $4,050 towards his campaign? …we are normally good at analyzing financial data but we must admit that we are totally puzzled by the remarkable financial differences between Mr. Hammer and his two opponents campaign contributions reports? …surely Mr. Duckworth and Mr. Stevens must have received additional political contributions since the last reporting period?  …the citizens of Vanderburgh County are blessed to have three (3) outstanding candidates to run in the Republican primary race for County Commission?IS IT TRUE that the malaise of brick and mortar retail has gone to extreme levels in the past year?…last year K-Mart in Owensboro was on the casualty list to close? …this year Sears store located at Washington Square Mall, Evansville is now scheduled to close later this year??…this is the second round of closings for the two legacy brands that helped define the shopping habits Tri-State people for 50 plus years?…anyone who thinks the brick and mortar retail carnage is over is kidding themselves as the online craze is really just getting started?IS IT TRUE the large legacy New York City chain Macy’s is now selling on the stock market for less than one third of the appraised value of their free and clear real estate?…one would think that Macy’s stock would be a no brainer given that statistic?…the trouble with real estate is that banks will, loan against it and that is the biggest concern with buying Macy’s stock?…the management of Macy’s may not get it yet and could leverage the real estate with debt to hold on to a dying business?…if they mortgage their real estate to prop up brick and mortar retail they will squander the last vestige of value that the Macy’s brand has to offer?IS IT TRUE that the former consumer electronics giant HH Gregg that operated a retail store on Evansville’s east side after Circuit City went under just announced they have sold all of their intellectual property?…that includes the name HH Gregg, all patents, brands, trademarks, slogans, advertising materials, and banners?…the total sale price was reported to be only $400,000 for everything of value that remains of a once mighty brand?…that is less than a medium sized family home in Lake Ridge Crossing in Newburgh and a fraction of some private homes in the rural part of the county?IS IT TRUE that a Republican friend just e-mailed this to us?  ….he said; “Everytime you see stories about millions of Americans receiving raises or bonuses due to the Trump tax cuts please remember this: NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT VOTED FOR IT?IS IT TRUE the 20 most popular stores in America are: 20) Best Buy, 19) Rite Aid, 18) Dollar General, 17) United States Postal Service, 16) Dunkin Donuts, 15) 7 Eleven, 14) Lowe’s, 13) Wendy’s, 12) Shell Gas Stations, 11) The Home Depot, 10) Burger King, 9) Taco Bell, 8) Dollar Tree, 7) CVS PHARMACY, 6) Target, 5) Walgreens Pharmacy, 4) Starbucks Coffee, 3)Subway, 2) McDonalds and number one (1) Walmart?IS IT TRUE the 5 restaurant chains that are taking over America are: 5) Click-Fil-A. 4) Wingstop. 3) Marco Pizza, 2) Jersey Mike’s Subs and number one (1) is Raising Cane’s chicken fingers?IS IT TRUE that the financial travails of the State of Illinois have been building up over a number of years with no budget and out of control spending?…the stratospheric taxes are also taking a toll on the population and many of the more successful people from Illinois have been voting with their feet?IS IT TRUE according to the US Census Bureau, 450,000 people on a net basis have left the State of Illinois for greener and less taxing places since 2012?…it is the sort of people that Illinois will miss as taxpayers too because net receivers of social benefits seldom flee the taxman? Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that America is headed in the right direction?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more