Archive for the ‘NEWS & VIEWS’ Category

  • Live Local. Live Small.

    Dec 7, 10 • 1599 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...

  • Happy New Year’s or Happy Tax Collector’s Day?

    Nov 30, 10 • 1367 Views • NEWS & VIEWS, ViewsNo Comments

    Unless Congress is able to compromise on big-ticket items like the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts before December 31st, 2010, New Year’s resolutions will consist of more ways Americans can save money due to the tax increases. So far the lame-duck session...

  • Support from the North:

    Nov 23, 10 • 1381 Views • FEATURE, NEWS & VIEWSNo Comments

    The fight against Titan Cement’s plans for a local plant got a big vote of confidence last week. The support came in the form of a large grant from the Education Foundation of America, a contributor to the arts, education and environmental issues based in...

  • Live Local. Live Small:

    Nov 23, 10 • 1471 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 • 1361 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 • 1570 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 • 1467 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 • 1945 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 • 1324 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...