St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson was right on to draw attention to the fact that county purchases aren’t all made so that the money is spent locally (“St. Louis County weighs buy-local edict,” Sept. 4).

That’s a no brainer. Local businesses are essentially paying county employees’ salaries and County Board members their over-inflated salaries of $63,000 per year.

The county can say “thank you” by spending county tax money locally.

Ronald Johnson