The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Rocking the Boat


The following is from the editorial page of the Dec. 4, 1986 Seward Phoenix LOG.

SHOPPING LOCALLY... A common message often sent throughout the towns of Alaska is to patronize local businesses. It’s the desire to keep the local money within the community circulating. We though we’d share with you the following edited editorial from the Anchorage Times. We’ve left out the names of the stores since we think it’s really irrelevant to us.

“DO YOURSELF A FAVOR... Now that the Christmas shopping season is officially under way, let’s all give some serious thought to doing all of our shopping locally. Not through the catalogs.

“In other words, let’s support our Anchorage people and our Anchorage businesses.

“Let’s not send our money Outside, to help the economy of Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago or New York.

“All too many people, lured by the tons of catalogs which arrive every day in the mail, are sending hard-earned Alaska dollars down south, forgetting about the urgent need to circulate that money among ourselves.

“The economy in Anchorage and the economic wellbeing of Alaska should be our focus.

“The jobs held by clerks and employees in our local stores should be our main concern – from the big ones... to all the small ones... all over town.

“These enterprises represent jobs and payroll.

“They represent food on the table and clothes on the back, movies to attend and restaurants in which to eat.

“We hesitate to think how many dollars to Outside every year in mail order purchases – most of which, if we just took the trouble to do a little hometown shopping, are for goods that are available right here in town.

“Think how much better off we would be – and how many more people would be working and how many more stores would be economically sound, instead of struggling, if all that money (or even a big share of it) was spent here.

“Counting today, there are 25 more shopping days until Christmas.

“Let’s do that shopping with our local merchants. You’ll benefit and so will our friends and neighbors.”

An that folks, is advice from The Anchorage Times in Alaska’s largest city. We think it applies to our community.


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