EDITORIAL: Shop Newcastle — it’s home
November 6, 2009
There are so many good reasons to make a true commitment to shopping right here in Newcastle. Let us count the ways.
Boost the local economy. Spend $100 at a local store and $45-$68 of it stays here in Newcastle. Local businesses hire your neighbors. More of your tax dollars are reinvested in your community parks, roads and public safety. And you’ll save on gas, leaving a little extra to spend on you.
The environment wins. Buying local means less packaging than an online purchase requires, and fewer gas emissions from transporting goods or from your own driving.
It’s about community. Local retailers are your friends and neighbors, and more likely to give you the best service. Local businesses donate to local nonprofit organizations in support of their community. And local businesses are often the best social-networking sites, where people connect to make things happen. Newcastle businesses give our community its one-of-a-kind personality!
At a time when the city of Newcastle is contemplating every possible budget cut, every dollar you spend locally does matter. At a time when local businesses are barely hanging on to their employees, it makes a big impact when you spend your dollars here.
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses are asking local families to think twice when they buy a tank of gas or pick up a gallon of milk outside the Newcastle city limits. Choosing professionals — from health care providers to the dog groomer — in a nearby city is only taking away from Newcastle business owners.
Consumers are beginning to spend again, although still conservatively. Make every dollar count. Newcastle is home.
Work to be done
There is nothing like a local election to divide friends and a community as candidates get heated in their quest for votes. It can also be a time of renewal.
This year’s city elections are now over and it’s time to put aside personal feelings. The voters and the city are the real winners — if the energy and passion of the candidates and their supporters can be channeled into the work that lies ahead in making important decisions about the city’s future.
Pay attention, speak up, volunteer. There’s work to be done.