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Our View: Support Hudson while doing your Christmas shopping

As we enter the Christmas season, it may be a good time to remind people that it makes good fiscal sense to shop locally.

Before the big box stores came to Hudson (Walmart, Target, Menards, etc.) newspapers always wrote editorials reminding people to shop locally - support your area merchants. Those editorials have disappeared from local newspapers in recent years because the national chains have come to virtually every community in America.

There are still a couple of things to consider, however.

First, and foremost, the vast majority of businesses in the Hudson area are still locally owned - by your friends, neighbors and acquaintances.

Second, regardless of who owns a business, that business has a huge stake in the local economy. Locally owned or not, a business in Hudson pays property taxes in Hudson. A business in Hudson hires Hudson-area employees which, in turn, generates local income that drives the local economy.

There was a time when many Hudsonites felt there was not a big enough selection of merchandise in Hudson. That argument, of course, has evaporated in the last decade. The good news is, Hudson merchants offer virtually any item that the vast majority of shoppers will seek during the Christmas shopping season.

On top of that, all stores have local employees - and in most cases owners - who will go the extra mile to assist friends and neighbors.

Hudson has truly become a shopping hub - something residents only dreamed about 15 or 20 years ago. By shopping locally, residents will support the businesses that support our local schools and government services. In addition to that, however, it is the local merchant who always supports local charitable organizations and fund-raising events. Local merchants are always the first to be contacted when the infinite number of fund-raising efforts takes place in our community. When it comes time to shop, it is only fair that we return the favor.

Consider supporting Hudson merchants during the upcoming Christmas shopping season. It makes sense for a number of reasons.