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7/24 Letters To The Editor

Chamber events deserve support Merchants in Dallas have expressed their desire to promote the concept of "buy local" and the need for networking among Dallas businesses.The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce has responded through its Ambassadors Committee with two fabulous monthly programs.One is "Cash Mob," which invites all folks in the community to gather at the chamber office at 5:30 p.m. and descend upon a local business with the commitment to spend at least $10 at the host business. This is followed by a happy hour at a local restaurant/pub for socializing.In addition, the chamber sponsors a "Business After Hours" at a business in the Dallas area, the purpose of which is to showcase the hosting business in Dallas and network with local businesses.Having attended several such events, it is so disappointing that very few business owners, city officials, county officials or chamber members bother to attend these events. OK business people, let's do what you want -- buy local, network and help Dallas grow. Support chamber events (member or not); every Cash Mob and Business After Hours event is fun, entertaining, educational and showcases a business each time promoting fellowship and business relationships.Gene and Lynnette HenshawDACC Ambassadors CommitteeDallas Retiring detective truly a class act I enjoyed the recent article highlighting the service and retirement of Polk County Sheriff's Detective Burney Krauger ("Diligent Detective," June 26 Itemizer-Observer).If you haven't met him, he's one of those people you instantly like. I've known Burney for only a few years but have found him to be a serious, dedicated detective who was excellent at his job and well respected within the local and state law enforcement community.Thank you, Burney, for being there for us. I hope you find retirement rewarding and fulfilling. Best wishes.Dennis BrownDallas xxxxx xxxxx

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