Straight Talk — A few good things in ’09

      It would be easy to look back at 2009 and say “good riddance” as we move into the New Year. But I think that would be a mistake. True, it was a difficult year in many ways, but in this last column of the year I would like to make note of six good things about 2009.

      First, 82 percent of the banks in this magazine’s coverage area made money in the third quarter. (See page 13.) That means most banks are weathering these . . .

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