The word “local” carries with it a kind of stigma.
One on hand, we feel like we should buy local and support our immediate community.
On the other hand, we tend to act as though products made and sold far away are actually better – as though we’re doing the locals a huge favor with our generosity.
But we’ve got it backward. Los Alamos contains a lot of smart people, and many of these people don’t work at the lab.