- - Sunday, September 17, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Today, why not participate in National Cheeseburger Day? Ignore all health-food-police rants about how unhealthy hamburgers are and treat yourself by going to your favorite fast-food place, diner, restaurant or steak house and order a cheeseburger.

Pile on the toppings, and don’t forget your side order of French fries. Burgers and fries are an authentic American tradition that should continue to be celebrated.

In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local eateries. My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server. When we go out, we try to tip 20 percent against the total bill, including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. And when ordering take-out, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. We know it is appreciated.

Remember, these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide jobs. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat, either.

LARRY PENNER

Great Neck, N.Y.

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