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    They purposely make it so difficult to avoid using the services of large banks, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. I guess that's why they're considered "convenience" operations, huh?

    We're moving our accounts to a credit union here in Indy after the first of the year, and try to buy organic (of course farmer's markets would be best, but in some neighborhoods, hard to find). Wife does all gardening organically now - veggies too, so we're trying to do our part for ecology.

    A major beef of mine is the removal of most "mom and pop" stores and outlets from our communities. The big conglomerates have undercut their prices to close them, then raise the prices once they have the business. I really think small businesses in local communities are the best all around source for shopping, appliances, furniture etc., but they're having it difficult competing against the likes of Wal-Mart.

    "Inmates should be reformed...not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 04:50:04 PM PST

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    •  check out this great site - (1+ / 0-)
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      The Institute for Local Self Reliance and their project New Rules.

      Several months ago they had a great article about the importance of rezoning to allow neighborhoods to have local stores again - so that small business is supported and so that you don't have to drive to get to the megaloser stores.

      I think thisis it.

      Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. - Kenneth E. Boulding

      by Earth Ling on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 07:47:32 PM PST

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