Editorial: Don't forget to shop the rock

Keeping with another holiday tradition, it’s time to remind Whidbey Islanders to do as much holiday shopping as possible right here on Whidbey Island.

The personal benefits are clear: No fighting the monstrous traffic in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Lynnwood or Seattle, money saved in car and ferry expenses, less danger of an accident, additional time to enjoy being with fellow islanders and more chances to glimpse our magnificent scenery visible from downtown Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Langley, not to mention Greenbank Farm, Bayview, and the many outposts from which artists and craftspeople sell their creations.

Practically speaking, shopping at home creates jobs for our friends and neighbors and provides a market for items produced by our many creative citizens. Sales taxes paid in Island County partly stay in Island County to fund Island Transit and county and city governments, which in turn spend the money to assist children, seniors, and others with special needs in our community.

Local governments are scraping for dollars but reluctant to ask people to raise taxes to meet vital needs in the community. The best way to help is to spend your holiday dollars locally in our friendly, relaxed, no-hassle environment. By doing so, you’ll even be able to enjoy the holidays for a change.

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