Every four months or so, like most people I know, my wife and I make the trip to either Clarkston or Missoula and make the Costco/Walmart run. There are several items which either we just can’t get locally or we need to buy in bulk, so it just makes sense to go out of the area to buy these items. However, this probably only makes up about 5 percent of our total shopping. Like most other people I know, we try to buy as much as we can right here in Kamiah. With everything from groceries, gas and pet supplies, to hardware, tires and auto parts, we like to invest our money locally. It makes you feel good to spend your money locally, that hopefully your dollar supports your friends and neighbors. You feel a sense of pride knowing that you have invested in your community, because that store owner is also buying locally and continuing the circle. To me, this is the true definition of community pride, investing in yourselves and your neighbors.
I propose that voting “yes” on the upcoming Kamiah School District levy is the same as buying locally. A percentage of your spending money goes to the state and federal government in the form of taxes, because this is the way the system works whether we like it or not. We have absolutely no control over these monies, they are gone for the government to spend as they choose. The rest of your spending dollar, however, you can choose to spend as you desire. A “yes” vote for the upcoming school levy stays 100 percent locally. Not only do you know where this money is going, you will be able to see the good that your investment will do. For less than the cost of a bottled water per day, you can invest locally in our town’s largest employer, whose employees (administrators, teachers, custodians, kitchen staff, etc.) can turn around and invest in our local businesses. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day, you can invest locally in the families of the children who go to our schools, who will continue to live here and be proud to reinvest in our community....