Support local stores
It still happens far too often. Some would be customers go into a McCook or Red Willow County store, ask the sales staff for advice, actually handles the merchandise and then says the words that drive a stake into the employees' heart, "I might be back, but want to see how much less I can get this on QVC, the Internet or through a catalogue."
The benefits of buying locally have been well documented. By now, everyone should know at least one simple fact of economics: Local dollars spent in locally owned stores stays in the community.
Local businesses employ local people -- you, your friends, neighbors and relation. They pay local taxes that support parks, roads, libraries, senior centers and schools. They give to the local United Way and contribute when local citizens' homes burn, family is hospitalized and other crises hit.
We generally do not see stores from North Platte, Kearney, Denver, Lincoln, Omaha and other communities making donations to the McCook Community College, the hospital, Hillcrest or the Humane Society.
Internet sites and catalogue companies generally don't give to the food pantry, senior celebration, TeamMates or the McCook Toy Box.
Our Christmas gift to the local merchants that support our causes all year long could be to shop at home, even if it mans spending a few extra bucks rather than taking your purchases out of the area.