Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

From the desk of Regina Lindsey (January 2016)

I’m a chronic politics and history junkie. My youngest daughter inherited this quirk. We went to Iowa in 2008, the day after Christmas, and stayed through the caucuses. After she married and the nation turned its attention to a mid-term election, she and her husband came to the house to watch the returns. Her husband observed, “Wow! You two treat this like it’s the Super Bowl.” On the night of returns for the most recent presidential election, we printed off a map of the United States and colored the map to show which states’ electoral votes went to each candidate.

From the desk of Regina Lindsey (November 2015)

At the time of writing, there are 67 days until Christmas. While 15 percent of the public begins their shopping prior to Oct. 1, the vast majority of us will wait until after Thanksgiving, giving us 38 days until the official start of gift buying season. Economists watch the numbers produced during the holiday season because it is a good indication of American confidence in the economy. On average, retail sales in the U.S. during the holiday season reach approximately $620 billion and employment increases by 800,000 during this time period.