Column: Shopping local businesses investment in community

The great shopping season is upon us. First, Halloween; now, Christmas. Americans tell us much about what they value, in time and money, as they hand over their cash, checks, debit and credit cards.

Expensive toys for your grandchildren and cheap trinkets for their parents (your children) tell us who is important and who is an afterthought. If you spend money on a holiday cruise for yourself while people in your community go hungry or without proper clothes against the cold, we see what you think is important.

Beyond what you buy is where you buy. Money spent locally helps your community. Money spent in another town (in person or online) helps that other place.

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