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>Staff column: Living the good life in Castle Country


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

We here in Carbon County sometimes get down on ourselves about the shortcomings of living here. I hear people complain all the time about the fewer choices they have when it comes to many things including recreation, shopping and restaurants.

True we are smaller and sometimes, in some things we are limited.

But you know what, I have lived both lives; and this one is far superior to me.

You want to swap being able to eat at a myriad of crowded restaurants for the heavy traffic and being jammed for hours on crowded surface streets?

Be my guest.

You want to have big malls with thousands of people flocking to them each weekend while having to wait in line after line?

Be my guest.

You want dozens of theaters, events and shows while facing ever increasing crime all over the megalopolis we call the Wasatch Front?

Be my guest.

Go ahead and enjoy the crowded recreational spots and canyons of the Wasatch Front while you also breathe in that clean air of temperture inversions in the winter and summer.

Be my guest.

Go ahead; try it out. I grew up there and spent basically 38 years there trying to be happy (and another couple of years in other big cities doing the same thing). I moved here just about the time I turned 40 and have never regretted it one bit.

When people ask me to describe Carbon County I say low crime rate (especially violent crime), clean air, two cars at a stop light are a traffic jam and finally that I am happy.

What do you say? Do you complain about what we don't have rather than what we do have? I admit there is something of a trade off, but for me it is very acceptable.

If you agree with me, that this is one of the best places to live in the good ole U.S.A. to live (I am never egotistic enough to say this is the best place, because there are plenty of them) then help us to help everyone who loves it here to thrive here.

How do we do that? Well, I don't want to sound like a broken tune, but then spend your money here, as much as you can.

Why you may ask? Why shouldn't I go to Macy's and Home Depot instead of Workmens and Sutherlands? Why shouldn't I go buy a new car at a Provo dealership rather than at Tony Basso's or Price Auto Group? Why shouldn't I buy a new sofa at RC Willey rather than Bill's Home Furnishings or Hard Hat Furniture? Why shouldn't I order things over the internet where I can get them a little cheaper than buy them in a local store here?

Want to know the reason? Because when you spend a dollar here it circulates through our local economy at least a half dozen times. When you spend it out of the area, it does nothing for us except maybe (and it really is a maybe when you consider the cost of gas to travel) save you a little money.

We at the Sun Advocate have started a new campaign called "Living the good life in Castle Country." We do have a good life here; a great life in many ways. But to keep it that way we need to support the people who provide services and goods here. The money you spend here impacts the people who live and work here; the people who live next door to you or down the street.

You may work at the college, for the federal or state government or another place where the money that pays you comes from somewhere beyond the confines of Carbon County and say "Well it gives nothing back to me." But that's not true.

Spending your money on local businesses (and they don't have to be owned by local people because despite that most of the people who work there do live here) gives money to your neighbors who do make their livelihood from what this community spends.

It's simple arithmetic. You pay money here, once past the cost of the good itself, the rest goes to local people. You spend money in Provo, once past the cost of the good, the rest goes to their local people.

And let's not even mention the sales tax that our area loses from out of the area purchases.

If your little boy or girl was selling candy bars in the neighborhood to support their baseball team and along came a big van from Provo blanketing your neighborhood with kids selling candy bars for a nickle cheaper to support their baseball team, which would you buy?

Utah overall is a pretty good place to live. However, even in a good place there are locally better places within the whole, and this is one of them. Let's help keep it that way by supporting our local retailers, service providers and other businesses.

Let's continue to live the good life in Castle Country.



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