Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Election Getting You Down?

Relief is coming! In less than a week all will be much better. It will be safe to turn on the radio, open the newspaper, watch your favorite TV show.

Barring any Floridian fiascos, the election will be over next Tuesday night, and with it, all of those insipid election ads telling us what liars and crooks are running for office.

It's amazing we can have any trust or faith in government because no matter who wins, the opponent just spent thousands, maybe millions of dollars telling us how bad is the person we elected. At least if it's someone who got our vote we can say we elected our liar and crook.

The worst thing is the cumulative effect of all that negative advertising brings down the American psyche. We see it every time there is a major election campaign - sales go down in October as people lose faith in the country only to return in November as that faith is restored.

But wait, you say. What if my candidate doesn't win? In the short term that won't matter. Your life and my life will be pretty much the same on November 5th as November 3rd. The only thing that changes is the tone of the airwaves.

Remember that old saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Never underestimate the power of words.

In the meantime, keep the faith. Gas prices are down, the stock market is coming back, and kind words will soon return. We understand if you're bunkering down until next Tuesday. Don't worry. We'll be here when you're ready!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jackson Local First Website

It's finally up! The website for Jackson Local First has gone live!

Yes, there are still a few more things we need to do, like add some pictures (send me any pictures you have of people shopping local and we'll get them added) and update a few pages.

But, most importantly, it's there and you can see it. And you can get a sense of what Jackson Local First is all about and why I would want to be involved.

Hey, I'm a lifelong Jacksonian. I love this town, despite its faults. And for every fault you name I can come up with something fantastic about Jackson. How many cities our size have a symphony? How many have a museum like Ella Sharp? Or a park system like ours?

Now, we just need to get the word out how shopping local strengthens our economy and helps us support such great institutions.

It's important to know this election year that we don't need to wait on Washington DC or Lansing to help our economy. We can do it ourselves when we support the family owned businesses in our own hometown.

And if you're not from Jackson, that's okay. Support the local businesses wherever you live and wherever you visit. They give more back to their communities than they take. And they make each community stronger and more fun to visit.

Check it out -