Not many cars at local stores

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The wife and I went shopping last Saturday for kitchen/bathroom fixtures, wall boards, paint and other items to upgrade and repair our older house. We stopped at True Value, Sierra Pipe, Ace and we even went to Colfax Hills Flat Lumber and Forest Hill Plumbing. I tallied the number of parked cars (people) while waiting for her. Note the results: True value, 2; Sierra Pipe, 3; Ace, 1; Colfax Hills Flat Lumber, 4; Foresthill Plumbing, 2; and Home Depot, 15. Now, what does one make of that? And what other done-deals needs public transparency? GEORGE LASATER, Auburn