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"We would have to cut back possibly on renovations that we have planned, bringing on additional people, so there's things we'd have to look at to see what we could afford," says Beckner.
For the last 15 years, Deb Falkenhan has been running the hardware store her father first bought back in 1968. She didn't hesitate for a moment when asked where she'd trim if she had to.
"Inventory would probably be the first thing I looked at, just to cut back on the quantity of what I buy," says Falkenhan. "Instead of buying 12, buy 6."
It seems simple enough: spend less. Hold off on hiring new employees and delay starting new projects. No matter who you talk to, $85 billion is a lot of money, but when you look at what's been unfolding these last few weeks in Washington, it's important to remember Congress was asked to cut just 2 cents from every dollar and those dollars come from you.
"Nobody wants to give an inch," says Falkenhan. "They all want to be stubborn."
"There's no real common sense in what they do," says Beckner. "It's back to Democrat and Republican and that's the only thing it is. It's got nothing to do with we the people."
Their longevity: a sign of success that comes from serving their customers well, taking care of their employees, and when times are tough, choosing to cut back as opposed to closing the door completely. You can add your voice to the conversation about the federal budget cuts. Just go to Fox17.com and click on YOUR VOICE, YOUR FUTURE. There you will find links to additional information about the sequester and you can leave your thoughts.
Tuesday, March 5 2013, 10:52 PM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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