A Bias for Being Local
Most of us believe that buying stuff locally is a good
thing. We can spend our money at
a Mom and Pop store, or a big box
store in our area, or even frequent
the Farmers market on weekends.
Every dollar that is given in these
transactions remains in the community.
And, the monies that stay
in our cities, villages, towns and
townships help pay taxes for better
roads, better sidewalks, better parks, better everything.
Spending currency outside our community, like for
online goods is okay for scoring that obscure item not
easily obtainable in-store and can be convenient, but
rarely does any of that legal tender find its way back
here. It just goes somewhere else and is theoretically
used in making their communities stronger and not
Our stewardship is to focus on all things hyper-local
such as exhorting folks to buy local and even caring
from a media awareness and sensitivity perspective for
those on the lowest rungs of the ladder, the homeless.
Also importantly, an essential part of our mission is
disseminating the news for and about the lives of the
people and events in our community.
If we don’t report on what has transpired at city council
meetings, who will. If we don’t report on the decisions
made at school board meetings, who will. If we
don’t report on high school sports and other key occasions
in this area, who will. In sum, if we don’t intelligently
and comprehensively cover the local news in this
area, who will?
The reality is that we all need to pull together and collectively
support our communities by thinking and buying
local. In the long run, our tiny corner of the world
through this type of biased behavior will always be a
good place to dwell and to prosper.