Shop Local

There’s the best ad on p. 35 of this week’s C-Ville Weekly. It’s this full-page deal, taken out by a group calling themselves “Patriotic Americans Who Stand United Against Bush’s Divisive, Ill-conceived, Illegal War on Iraq.” (Or “PAWSUABDIIWI,” which is, by the way, an anagram for “I, subi paw wadi.”)

The ad, entitled “Don’t Buy Bush’s War,” lists 11 suggestions for how to actively oppose the war. The list includes, among other things: listen to local radio, and not Clear Channel; don’t drive a car; use a local Internet service provider; shop local. As a sort of a footnote, the ad concludes with: “Eat local produce. Shop at local mom & pop shops. Do all your copying at ALC copies at Barracks/Emmett. See every movie at Vinegar Hill Theater.”

Wow. I don’t know what it has to do with war, but this ad should appear everyweek. The city doesn’t do jack to promote local businesses, and the chamber of commerce is a punchline. It’s good to see somebody doing the right thing. Thanks, PAWSUABDIIWI.

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »