We can keep local businesses alive if we want to

If there was ever a good time to spend your money locally, this is it.

Why? For one thing, COVID restrictions are hurting the small, local business a lot more than the big national or multi-national ones. The huge online retailers are laughing all the way to the bank, as everybody knows. They were already making out like bandits before COVID came along. Since then, they’ve been raking it in even more.

Nobody begrudges a successful business model. Well, maybe some do, but not us. Good for them.

But there is a price to be paid, and it is local. Small shops are hurting the most. What are Amazon, etc. doing to keep our communities alive? Not much.

Town of Slave Lake councillor Rebecca King put it quite eloquently and forcefully in a social media post the other day. “Support our local businesses, or we may not have them when this is over.”

There is a lot of exaggeration going on these days, about one thing or another. But what King says seems reasonable. That giant sucking sound you hear (to quote former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot), is caused by retail spending going into the bank accounts of companies based in Seattle or San Francisco, who put zilch back into our communities.

We have it in our power to do something about this.

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