Balance the budgetand shop locallywherever possible

Eric Steinkopff - Managing Editor

These days everyone who pays attention seems to be watching his or her finances, trying to balance the budget — well, maybe everyone except the federal government.

Why are we as citizens required to pay our bills on time and to make ends meet, but we can’t seem to get the same cooperation out of Washington?

I don’t know all the ins and outs, but I have lived in states where there is a requirement to balance the budget each year. Why can’t we do that at a national level?

I know it’s complicated. I’m not promoting one political philosophy over another. It just makes sense at a basic, financial level.

The same goes for concept of simplifying federal income tax.

Again, I don’t care who comes up with the best way to do it. Let’s just do it.

Some of my accountant friends might lose some business, but I humbly believe it’s worth it to just know what you pay, make your payment and expect others to be responsible with the hard-earned money you “gave” them.

I also believe it is responsible to shop locally whenever possible.

I fully understand that might not always be possible with tight budgets, but if we can pay just a couple pennies more on the dollar, wouldn’t it be worth it to keep our money circulating through the local community?

The Altus Chamber of Commerce has an initiative underway the staff calls “Altus Approved.” There’s even a stamp logo that local businesses are using to identify themselves as being a truly “local” enterprise.

Please take a moment to check them out at and under “Upcoming Events” click on “Altus Approved.”

I understand that we even have a Farmers’ Market here in Altus, but that it’s not very well attended.

In a rural, agricultural community, that doesn’t seem quite right.

According to their website, it’s at 2801 N. Main St. and is open 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday from May through October.

I hope to give them a visit soon to see what they’re about. Maybe somebody can tell me what to expect.

With my busy schedule, I recently discovered how to order things from a local food co-op called Bountiful Baskets.

I originally learned about it from someone at church who told me the group promotes local produce, organically grown crops and asks for volunteers to keep the endeavor afloat.

It started in another area about 10 years ago and has grown dramatically over the past decade.

Under the concept, each week, usually on Monday evening, you order “baskets” or packages of produce that are available that week and then pick them up at a local place Saturday morning.

Pretty good concept. For more information visit

There are plenty of other local produce opportunities that I don’t want to forget to encourage you to visit and patronize.

I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage everyone to buy local ads too. If you’re reading this, then someone who wants what you have also wants to know about it here in Altus.

For more information visit

That’s just my opinion. Have a great day and make it a great week.

Eric Steinkopff

Managing Editor

Reach Eric Steinkopff at or 580-482-1221, ext 2072.

Reach Eric Steinkopff at or 580-482-1221, ext 2072.

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