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Thursday, October 1, 2020
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Delaware motorists don’t reap benefits of low gas taxes

Good afternoon, The latest update from AAA Mid-Atlantic shows motorists are not benefitting from the state's low gas taxes. As of today, the average price at the pump  in Delaware is $2.29 a gallon. In South...
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RIP, Lord & Taylor

The demise of two-century-old  Lord & Taylor came with a whimper when it was announced that  its three-dozen stores will close Lord & Taylor had a short  run at Christiana Mall after May Department Stores...
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A lifeline for small businesses and nonprofits

Good afternoon, In recent months, this column I have advocated for the use of some of  the state's more than $1 billion in  Cares Act funding to assist businesses and nonprofits that have been hammered...
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The bots did it

Good afternoon, You might have noticed that this newsletter arrived a few hours late on Tuesday. It turned out that in all likelihood spambots had been at work. Readers who are engaged in Email marketing and may...
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Back in the yellow Covid column

Good afternoon, Delaware is back in the yellow category. Covid Exit Strategy  and the widely viewed  Johns Hopkins dashboard  showed the percentage of positives rising to a worrisome  7.5 percent. By the weekend,  the rate had...
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Hospitality job losses cloud recovery

Good afternoon, As the response to the  Covid-19  pandemic moves into its sixth month, we are getting a better feel for the challenges facing the Delaware labor market.  The extent of the damage could be seen...
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Wilmington’s moment

Good afternoon, In this strangest of years,  Wilmington had its moment. The virtual Democratic Convention ended  with a flourish when Joe Biden,  Jill, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, and husband Douglas  exited the Chase Center and...
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Another chapter in the Rollins business saga comes to a close

Good afternoon, Another chapter in the colorful history of the Rollins family of serial entrepreneurs came to a close with the recent death of Atlanta business titan Randall Rollins at age 88. As his obituary noted,...
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Just another day in Delaware

Good afternoon,   It was one of those days that could have only come in 2020.  First, we had news of Delaware joining other states in filing suit over slowdowns in mail service and their possible effect...
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Restaurants navigate state ‘guidance’

Good afternoon, The Delaware Restaurant Association recently passed along the most recent state Division of Public Health regs. Reading through the guidance is a good idea for diners.  Many of us are not fully aware of the complexities...