12/10/2009 3:00:00 PM Letters to the Editor week of 12-10-09
To the editor:
As the Christmas holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, Vevay Main Street would like to remind county residents of "Five Reasons to Shop Locally This Holiday Season."
No other season reflects the power of the dollar quite as clearly as the holidays. From groceries to gifts, many retailers count on holiday sales for as much as 40-percent of their annual revenue. Where you choose to do your shopping makes a big difference.
Why support local Switzerland County businesses this holiday season? It's good for you, and it's good for the economy.
Here are five simple reasons why making just a 10-percent shift in your spending can have a big impact:
- Buying locally actually adds value to your dollars by keeping them circulating locally in the community and creating up to 75-percent more tax revenue for the county.
- Shopping locally is more enjoyable. Why choose the frenzied crowds and "one size fits all" treatment at malls when you can enjoy personalized attention from a local merchant who actually cares about their customers?
- Patronizing local businesses helps maintain jobs in the area, and protects consumer choice and competitive pricing.
- Staying close to home saves time, gas and parking headaches, and reduces your carbon footprint.
- Small businesses invest in their communities. When you shop locally, you're helping the community groups, youth athletic teams, churches and schools that the business supports. Isn't this part of the spirit of giving and thanksgiving that comes with the season?
Vevay Main Street
To the editor:
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Well, there is no guarantee for that, but there are ways to make sure you have a 'Green Holiday'. You can save some money while paying attention to the care of our Earth.
One of the most effective things you can do this holiday season is to invest in some LED tree lights. These lights are more expensive than the old style lights, but you will save a significant amount of money on the reduced energy you will need for the next couple of weeks. The lights are generally of better quality and last much longer than traditional lights.
According to Earth911.com: "Three 100-bulb strings of LED lights cost just a penny a day to run, compared to 10-cents a day for traditional incandescent string lights."
That's 90-percent less. That can amount to a significant savings over a month of lighting.
The impact on the Earth is lessened, as well. If all Christmas lights were LED, there is a potential savings of 400,000 tons in potential carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of removing over 65,000 cars from the road for one year, according to Earth911.com.
Do your bank account and Mother Earth a favor this year. Invest in some LED lighting for your holiday celebrations.
Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District
Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009
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In reference to the letter "Shop Locally":
Although I am all for helping our community, when it comes to shopping, let's face it, it's A LOT cheaper to go elsewhere when it comes to most things. The amount of gas used is well worth it when you consider how much you save. The gas prices are higher, the grocery prices are higher, just about everything is higher here in Vevay. And, even though I do buy a few food items that are on sale here in Vevay, I can save $60 or more by buying my groceries in Madison. I have to stretch my dollar as far as I can, as most people these days do, so I need to get as much as I can for as little as I can. I can go to Madison and get a month's worth of groceries for about $150. There is no way I can do that here in Vevay. I mean, why spend 99 cents for a half of a gallon of milk (on sale) when I can buy a gallon for $1.49 (regular price) in Madison? And there isn't much of a choice here in Vevay when it comes to clothing. There are a few places to shop for toys, but the selection is very limited.
So, since there are other ways of contributing to the community (donating food and clothing, helping the elderly, volunteer work, etc.), I'll stick with doing the majority of my shopping in Madison.