AS WE enter 2022, it is more important than ever to be respectful and display kindness and generosity to our fellow Australians, regardless of their views and beliefs.
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. We are all in this together.
We may not be able to control what's happening, but we can control the way we respond to what's happening. We can all cope with this crisis so much better if look out for each other with care and kindness. If ever there was a time to be kind, it is now.
Let's applaud our health workers and dedicated teachers. Let's be gracious and respectful to our supermarket staff, service providers and decision makers.
Let's uplift each other because we rise by lifting others.
And don't forget our local businesses who are doing it really tough.
They are always willing to provide prizes for raffles, items for charity, school and sporting events.
The list is endless.
They are always there for us.
As a way of saying thank you, I encourage us all to make a conscious effort to shop locally.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Going local for goods, services, trades, produce and products is the best way to support Leeton shire small businesses and assist our community to thrive and prosper.
We can feel satisfied with the fact we are redirecting our own hard-earned money into the hands of other hard-working local business owners.
It's estimated that for every $100 spent at an independently-owned business, approximately $73 stays local, as business owners employ local people and buy products and services from other local businesses.
Sure, we may save a little buying from a website which offers no chance to "try before you buy" and creates no local jobs or local benefits.
But if our businesses are gone next time you need them was it worth it?
Our businesses, trades and services are the engine room of our economy - they support the area where we live, work and play.
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