We are starting to see signs that the economy is thawing. There is still a long way to go but you cannot ignore the numerous Help Wanted signs in local businesses. This is perhaps the defining moment for our capitalistic society and time to take some risk. 70 percent of the U-S economy is based on the spending habits of consumers. Additionally, recent data shows that the East and West coasts are still sluggish but the mid-section of the country is doing well and poised for a quick recovery. It is time for consumers - you and I - to consider making purchases that have been delayed by the uncertain economy. This will be the fuel to move east Texas to the forefront of the recovery. Local businesses have weathered the storm and most retailers are still offering aggressive price reductions and good financing terms. I am not suggesting that you go out and dig a hole by spending with credit cards or being irresponsible. It just makes sense that if there are purchases that have been delayed, now is the time move forward. The power that consumers have in their wallet will do more than any stimulus bill ever could. It is also a healthy time for innovation and entrepreneurship. The pump is primed and the power to get the economy on its feet is in our hands so spend wisely and that will make for a Better East Texas.