Spend Locally

02.16.10 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[2]


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In previous commentaries, I have expressed my concern about the economic mess in the Empire and Keystone States -- from unemployment to deficits and so on. I know that a lot of you feel powerless when it comes to making a difference, and you have been disappointed time and time again with politicians who refuse to lead and refuse to stamp out governmental waste, ineffectiveness, inefficiency, corruption, and fraud.

Well, I’m here to say that all of us can make a difference by buying local and spending our hard earned dollars at local businesses -- like local restaurants, local clothing stores, local auto repair shops, local grocery stores, local pharmacies, and so on.

You see, when you spend your money locally it contributes to a strong, vibrant, and robust local economy which leads to more employment and other opportunities for you, your family, and your neighbors. Keep in mind that the owners of local businesses are often active in the community and often contribute to many community causes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against chain restaurants and big box stores. I’m only saying that it is important to spend a significant portion of your hard earned cash at locally owned businesses. The engine that drives the American economy is local business.

By spending locally you help both the local economy and the American economy at the same time.  I also urge public officials to use local contractors and contract for local goods and services when it comes to public works projects and other endeavors.

Don’t feel powerless. You can make a difference. Spend locally.


cc-wetm - tv- Dr. Coleman also airs commentaries and a public affairs program on WETM 18 Elmira. For more information on these programs, go to wetmtv.com.

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on 03.02.10 Sue commented

Dr. Coleman,
I would love to spend locally, but so often the "mom and pop" shops in my home-town jack up the prices on items so that I can't afford to. Thank God Wal-mart is 20 minutes down the road.

on 03.02.10 Robert commented

As a entrepenuer myself, I appreciate what you're saying. As much as I can, I avoid the big-box stores to help my friends and neighbors family-owned businesses.

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