And those signs are tacked up at the doorways of retailers throughout Austintown, Ohio. They range from Dunkin Donut to the Salvation Army.
Austintown has no wild-west ethos, like some parts of Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
Instead this town of 29,677 is total Americana.
Fridays nights are all about high school football. The local Chevy dealer's brandname is on the stadium. Not a national brand.
Everything else is about younger children.
There is one movie house. Its stylistics mirror that of "The Last Picture Show."
There seems to be a church (instead of a bar) on every street corner.
Folks come to Austintown and stay because of affordable living. For instance, a two-bedroom with all utilities paid goes for about $630 monthly. That complex is on, yes this is real, South Raccoon Road. When I renewed my lease, the rent increase was only a buck.
Yet, the businesses have to make it explicit that there won't be any shoot-em-ups.
The good news might be that the honor system prevails. I will start to worry when retailers install metal detectors.
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