PINTS & UNION PORTFOLIO: A slicing of ribbon-like objects, together.

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Yurt dwellers in southwest Mongolia know I’m not a ribbon-cutting type of guy, but they also understand, just as I always have, that there is no “I” in the word “team.”

If ever a crew deserved a Develop New Albany ribbon cutting, it is the guys and gals assembled by Joe Phillips at Pints&union. My own beery role at the pub, while important, is limited. These are the folks who make it tick, and Joe and family are the ones taking the risk.

From the perspective of downtown New Albany’s independent businesses, the next three or four years will be critically important, over and above the usual day to day struggles of small operators. Making lemonade out of the forthcoming Sherman Minton Bridge repair disruption stands to be far easier when we’re working together rather than separately.

Irrespective of the election outcome next month, our thoughts must be aimed toward Ben Franklin’s timeless wisdom, apocryphal or not: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

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