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os to Empire Publisher Don Smith for reminding us of the benefits of buying locally. Sometimes it's hard to control your buying habits, with the influence of catalogs and the Internet making it all too easy to shop out of town. But if each of us, each time we pick up the phone or surf the web to shop, thinks about the local business who supports our son's little league team, or the widening budget gap at city hall, or how really nice it is to have a real human being (who may live just down the street) helping fill your order, it would have a big impact. If each of us just made one more major purchase a year locally, it would go a long way to help "plug the leaks" in our local economy.