When in doubt, think local

We’re soon entering a holiday season where, quite frankly, many Americans are struggling financially.

It’s tough out there, and many families are wondering just where the money is going to come from to make it a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of answers to that.

However, we ask people to remember that all of us are in the same boat. Your friends and neighbors are also going through the same thing, and local businesses are feeling the brunt of a wounded economy, as well.

At times like this, we feel compelled to use this space as a pulpit — a place to preach the importance of keeping our community strong. We ask that all of you first look at the goods offered by our local businesses before going to one of the national chains. Certainly the big stores are feeling the pinch of our economy, as well, but keeping local businesses afloat in tough times benefits us all.

In a nutshell, we’re asking you to shop local.

We all benefit from our local stores and restaurants remaining strong, and offering us unique inventory and top-flight food. We’re blessed in this community to have that small-town environment with big-time goods at our convenience. But our local businesses need your support during these tough times — particularly during the winter months.

Nobody is having an easy time of it around the nation right now. Consider that our population naturally dwindles this time of year, and it’s easy to recognize that our local shops need your support more than ever. Find that locally-inspired gift for people right around the corner, and do your part.

Get out and cruise the local shops for those perfect holiday presents. Take your visiting family to enjoy our local restaurants. Enjoy what we have, and do your part to make sure it stays.