Ken Anderson: Resolve to shop locally this year
To the Editor:As we approach the holidays, giant sweat shops in foreign countries are in high gear and shipping piles of goods to sell us – merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.Who says every gift needs to be made overseas, sold at the China mall in Denver, and neatly wrapped under the tree? Do we really need another plastic widget to dust on the shelf or another authentic wood replica picture of Elvis to hang on the wall that’s made in Japan? Getting more foreign-made Christmas decorations for your home at the Taiwan Mart in Frisco?Let’s make this year different. When giving a few of those gifts also look for ways to support your local community. How about a gift certificate to the local salon or spa for Mom? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for Dad? Instead of another tie from who knows where get the oil changed for him at the hometown garage. Grandma? Would she like the house cleaned by a local cleaning service?Locally owned restaurants want your business and not just the pricey ones. In addition to the new Droid thingamajig, get your hard working man or woman breakfast out before work or a nice lunch. Getting another inflatable Santa online from India? Leave the waitress, trash guy, or someone who performs a regular service for you a nice tip instead. Thinking about plunking down a few Benjamin’s on a foreign made flat-screen just for the bathroom? Perhaps, that grateful gift receiver would like their driveway plowed all winter or that shade tree they always wanted put in by a local landscaper. And, don’t forget your Mom & Pop shop keeper or local franchise store owner when trying to find a gift for that person who has everything. You might be surprised what you find locally. Shop at your local stores and pay the local sales tax instead of the sales tax elsewhere. We need some roads repaired here. This Christmas, let’s encourage all who live and work in Grand County to keep plugging away and follow our dreams instead of sending all our money to a foreign country to build another battleship. And, when we support our local communities, the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.Ken AndersonHot Sulphur Springs
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