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September 3, 2009

Publisher's Note
Rob Nance, Publisher Ohioís only Lamborghini dealer closed this year. The dealership was in a suburb of Columbus, where I live. Given the economic conditions, this closure was certainly no surprise. We can clearly live without such cars; however, there are a few things that Americans do not want to give up.

From U.S. News & World Report, here are The 5 Things Americans Won't Live Without:

1) Car - 88% of Americans rank this as a necessity
2) Landline Phone - 68% of Americans rank this as a necessity
3) Clothes Dryer - 66% of Americans rank this as a necessity
4) Home Air Conditioning - 54% of Americans rank this as a necessity
5) TV Set - 52% of Americans rank this as a necessity

What are your top five?

Rob Nance
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