Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Local is the way to go

Dana Dugan's well-researched article and Nick Price's thoughtful letter in the Dec. 17 edition set me thinking about buying locally. Buying all the goods and services offered for sale in the valley serves a dual purpose. Most importantly, it sustains jobs here, but also supports charity.

Part of the 87-cent, five-pound bag of potatoes on sale at Atkinsons' flows to the hundreds of thousands of dollars the company gives to valley charities; likewise ice cream sales at the Konditerei to the Symphony shell, cosmos at Zou to Rainbow Gold and nightly specials at Ketchum Grill to fund Scott Mason's Rotary trip to Central America. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Also, it's unfortunate that during the week before Christmas, the local paper features an article by a distant wine expert touting Internet sales instead of citing Craig Spiller at the Wine Co., Tom Pyle at Atkinsons', Shawn Tierney at il Naso or any of dozens of locals with wine sales here. Finally, Baldy as we know it probably wouldn't be the same unless we and millions of others bought domestic oil, Sinclair.

Chuck Mercer

Sun Valley

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