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By Don C. Brunell
Business Commentator 

Column: Caring local small businesses make ours 'A Wonderful Life'


Last updated 12/26/2019 at 12:32pm

At Christmas, millions watch the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While it is labeled “fantasy drama”, the show gives us a glimpse of reality and reminds us of the importance of caring local business owners.

The setting is mythical Bedford Falls, NY, on Christmas Eve. George Bailey, a family man with a wife and four children, was dogged by a greedy banker, Henry Potter, who wanted to shut Bailey Building and Loan Association down. (George inherited the struggling business started by his father).

The people of Bedford Falls trusted Bailey, but feared the ruthless Potter...

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