Imagine that! Two weeks ago, I wrote about monopolies and the lack of competition in many industries. Last week, President Biden signed “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” Who knew Biden reads the Gettysburg Times?

The Executive Order includes 72 initiatives assigned to more than a dozen federal agencies, requiring them to address the lack of competition and its effects on the nation’s economy. It did not, however, highlight the importance of small, local businesses to their employees and consumers. If you are concerned about strengthening the quality of life and the economic vitality of Adams County, consider the positive impact when you chose to buy from independent, locally-owned businesses.

Mark Berg is a community activist in Adams County and a proud Liberal. His email address is

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