By Susan White
My Fellow Ramonans,
It is hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. We are only one week away from Thanksgiving and then everything goes into high gear for holiday shopping.
Last week I received an email that talked about giant Asian factories kicking into “overdrive” to provide the American public with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. This is merchandise that is being produced at the expense of American labor.
Over the years, we have all been guilty of purchasing these items.
Let’s make this year different!
This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.
There is no longer any excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced, here, by our very own American hands, because there is, right now, in our very own town.
I would like to appeal to the community of Ramona to please look toward our local businesses for your holiday shopping, before driving down the hill. There are many merchants right here in our town who have unique, one of a kind, creative and fun gifts.
What about a gift certificate from one of our local hair salons or from one of our restaurants (who doesn’t love to eat?)? A gift certificate for a gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages, and who isn’t thinking about their New Year’s health resolution. Or maybe something unique and one of a kind from any one of the various kiosks in our town.
For those of you who work down the hill or get out of work late and are not able to make it to the store before they close, I know that some of the stores in Old Town Ramona are planning to stay open late on Dec. 1 and 2 until 9 p.m. So come out and see what your town has to offer and support your local business neighbors. After all, these are the companies that we solicit year after year for donations in support of our local activities.
I will personally pledge to do my best to find my Christmas gift here locally in Ramona.
Keep your Business in Ramona, Keep Ramona in Business!
Susan White, a Ramona resident, is customer service specialist for Ramona Disposal Service.