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Ease off Bag Day demands, respect local business

To the editor:

Once upon a time, Northampton’s Bag Day was an example of community spirit whose intent was to get people shopping downtown, supporting local small businesses and helping our neighbors. In return, the small businesses offered 20 percent off one item, as a show of goodwill and appreciation.

Now it’s more about greed for some. All the downtown businesses are struggling to stay open during these tough economic times and have to compete with the big-box stores to the east.

I was shocked to hear of a local executive who wanted the rules broken and to get her Bag Day discount on Friday at a local store.

When the store refused, she said she would tell everyone she knows about it and would spread bad publicity everywhere she could.

For a local executive, who should know the challenges of local small businesses, to try to bring down a store over $6 shows a meanness of spirit that is unfathomable to me.

Next time you’re in a bank, ask it to raise the interest rate on your CD just a bit and see how flexible it is with rules.

Bag Day is Saturday, Bag Day is not Friday. Support your community, respect the rules and enjoy Bag Day in the spirit in which it is intended.

The best things in life are not things.

Ell Kinney

Northampton

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