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Will you be trying to “buy local” this holiday season?

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Greg Peck
Monday, November 21, 2011

A piece of commentary has been swirling around the Internet for weeks. It’s titled “Birth of a New Tradition” and urges spending local dollars.

“As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods—merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor,” this commentary begins.

I first saw it more than a month ago when a conservative friend sent it to me. It was circulating in a brief discussion on the National Conference of Editorial Writers listserv a couple of weeks ago.

“This year will be different,” this commentary continues. “This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

“It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper?”

The piece goes on. One of my colleagues in the NCEW reports that this piece originated from the tea party folks.

While that notion might send some of you scurrying to the next blog, the question remains: Will you be trying to spend your Christmas shopping dollars on more American-made or local products this year?

What ideas would you suggest? Plenty of local idaes are out there, including such items as crafts and artwork, local foods, gift certificates to theater productions or restaurants, to name a few.

What “local products” might be on your shopping list this year? What suggestions for “buying local” would you offer to readers of this blog? How important is “buying local” or buying only American-made products given the global economy in which we now reside?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 10:00 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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