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Businesses out of touch

May 12, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I was born and raised in Calumet and now live downstate but still subscribe to The Daily Mining Gazette.

Recently, I've noticed a lot of commentaries to "buy local" and keep the money in the stores in this area. However, on my recent visit, I tried to purchase a spring/summer jacket for my mother which was a total failure. I asked at one store and was told in no uncertain terms, "We don't have any now and if we don't have them by now, we won't be getting them."

Following such a totally thoughtless answer, I tried three other stores in that area and got more or less the same attitude and I still have not been able to find a jacket.

I gave up, intending to find what I was looking for when I got home and mailing it to Mom.

Please explain to me how I, or anyone who lives there, is supposed to shop locally when merchants are so obviously out of touch with the buying public and what they need or want. Who up there doesn't need a summer jacket now and then?

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This is a small item in the big scheme of things, but someone needs to take the time to find out what people are going out of the area or online to purchase in order try to solve the situation and keep the money in the Copper Country where it should be.

Jackie L. Carlman




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