Archive for the ‘Live Local’ Category

  • Live Local. Live Small.

    Dec 28, 10 • 629 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    Several people have pointed out that my live local commitment has worked well for me largely because I don’t have school-aged children or a large family. One of the items that I have not bought this year or written about is toys. After some reflection, my...

  • Live Local. Live Small.

    Dec 21, 10 • 682 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    “It was a nice surprise to get in the mail,” Valerie said to me. “Did you get one, too?” I asked.She was holding the Tidal Creek Patronage Refund check. “I did, and you’re right, it was a nice surprise.” Tidal Creek, our local co-operative...

  • Live Local. Live Small.

    Dec 14, 10 • 3537 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWS2 Comments

    Recently, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the UK Office of National Statistics will assemble a National Happiness Index. This idea was greeted with mixed feelings by the populace, some pleased at the idea of measuring more than just the...

  • Live Local. Live Small.

    Dec 7, 10 • 1601 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWS7 Comments

    My friend Ted asked me over coffee a few weeks ago, “So now that your year is up, are you going to keep buying local?” For readers who have stumbled upon this column, I started “Live Local” as a personal test to not shop in big-box stores or on the...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Nov 23, 10 • 1472 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWS3 Comments

    In the early ‘90s, I used to see the bumper sticker “Historic Preservation is the Ultimate Recycling” in Wilmington a lot. Growing up in a historic house with a father serving on the Historic Preservation Commission, it was on my radar. Though I lived...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Nov 16, 10 • 1363 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    North Dakota has an interesting law that was passed in 1963 requiring pharmacies to be majority owned by a licensed pharmacist. This keeps Walmart, CVS and Walgreens out of the state (with a couple of minor exceptions grandfathered in). Naturally, Walmart is...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Nov 9, 10 • 1572 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWS1 Comment

    A couple of people have jokingly asked if there is a reading list for the Live Local movement (as if there is anything else one can ask a bookseller). So far my answer always refers to the best book on the topic: “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Nov 2, 10 • 1469 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWS2 Comments

    “Made in the USA” is a disappearing label these days.  In the last two months the practice of giving tax breaks to companies that “outsource” American Jobs (i.e., eliminate jobs here and create jobs at a fraction of the cost overseas) has become a...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Oct 27, 10 • 1946 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    “You keep writing about not spending money at businesses that ship their money over seas, but what about banks taking Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)?” Jon, my favorite libertarian, enquired one morning over coffee. Fair question—and one that had...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Oct 18, 10 • 1325 Views • Live Local, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    We are moving closer and closer to Election Day on November 2nd! As part of encore’s election coverage—and to help our valued reader learn more about our potential elected officials’ commitment to our local economy—Live Local sent a survey to the...