Local small businesses generally less affected by price increases

Oct. 24—With inflation on the rise, there’s a big advantage to being a small business. Independent business owners in the Flathead Valley are reporting less of an impact from the rising cost of goods compared to their larger corporate counterparts. But even so, many local businesses are concerned about what lies ahead in terms of product availability and inflation. Vincent Rannazzisi, the …

Pakistani experts divided over fate of US ties

ISLAMABAD: Several former foreign secretaries of Pakistan have described this week’s visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to Islamabad as a “positive development,” but independent experts said they were skeptical about the future of Pakistan-US ties. Media and experts say meetings between Pakistani officials and Sherman in Islamabad were “strained” amid a