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Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I keep hearing how the current state of affairs is being compared to crises of the past, which is understandable -- since economists often theorize that history repeats itself.

Most recently, I heard that our finanicial woes were comparable to 1974, which happens to the be year I was born.

I certainly don't remember how tough it was back then, as I was still screaming for another diaper change, but my history books and my parents have shared stories about lines at the pump as a result of government rationing.

I know that there were a variety of elements involved in that economic meltdown, but let's focus on gasoline for the moment.

Right now, gas prices are down.

A Fillmore County business owner recently told me that gas prices above $4-per-gallon kept local people from driving to Rochester to shop. That kept those dollars in our local economy, which is important for many reasons.

Your money spent with local businesses keeps people employed, keeps businesses alive, keeps homes owned, and keeps taxes lower.

On February 8, we celebrated our son's 2nd birthday at B & B Olympic Bowling in Preston, prompting 13 relatives from Elgin, Dover and Rochester to drive in our direction. They had a blast, enjoying great food and the entertainment of bumper bowling with toddlers.

My point for sharing this little story is to emphasize the importance of buying local, and bringing people into the area to show off what we have to offer.

Whether gas prices are up or down, shopping local helps everyone, including YOU.

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