Letter: Buying local improves quality of life

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I arrived at a big-box store to buy some ink for my computer. I had put it off for days because I so hate going to one at all, but it was finally time. I arrived at 6:15 p.m., the door opened, and no one was in sight. Suddenly, a woman appeared to say, “We are closed. What are you doing in here?” I was stunned, since the door had opened. I explained that and said I only needed an ink cartridge, but she was adamant.

As I left, I thought, “this is why I buy local!” It is more than getting a deal; it is a relationship, a partnership, and a commitment to community. Buy local is a way of life that improves the quality of how you live.

The Winter Farmers Market is another example. If you do not support your local small businesses, they will disappear. The Farmers Market is no exception. Come to the former Hamlin School, now the city Planning and Code office, at the corner of Sawyer Street and Route 77, Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Maine-grown dairy, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, teas, vegetables, oils and baked goods. Meet the person who produces the product, ask questions, take your time, visit with neighbors and buy local. Shop early and often. Without your support, we will lose this great asset in our community.

City Councilor Rosemarie De Angelis
South Portland

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