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November 16, 2009

My Turn: Being a local fan is hard in times like these


Maybe I've attended events on off-days or my timing is bad, but I don't really think so. In our community, we sometimes take for granted what we have in our very midst. There are many things happening all around us, especially in the summer.

Some folks have said that it's not our responsibility to help local arts organizations or businesses prosper. Let the market dictate who does well and who doesn't. Capitalism will dictate what is best for the masses, they say.

But I'm not so sure. I'd like to think we should feel a sense of commitment to what we have within our area. In a way, it is our responsibility to be supportive of everything local because when we help each other, we ultimately help ourselves in the process.

It's sustainability at its best. Personally, I like buying tires or expendables from local merchants. They put themselves out there and take the risks and, more times than not, hang in there for us, their customers.

In the last 10 years particularly, special-interest groups on a national front have created a series of agendas that are trickling down to a local level. They distort and skew the facts for nothing more than political gain.

Even though I didn't agree with the policies of the Bush administration, I certainly didn't wish our then-president ill. I didn't want him to fail, just to prove a point.

That kind of rationale to me is simply wrong and it shortchanges us as citizens in the long run because it isn't an honest dialogue.

It's a disingenuous attempt to sway the public for motives that are usually driven by profits for corporations rather than what's best for the average hard-working American. We, as citizens in a great country and particularly in a wonderful area of our state, need to analyze what is actually happening nationally because it can affect us locally.

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