In our experience

PUBLISHED: 02:01 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

Yes, Mark Griffin, we, the older generation, know exactly what we are talking about in resisting change unnecessarily. We" were the ones who embraced change wholeheartedly in the 1960s and '70s, welcoming supermarkets, believing they made shopping easier

Yes, Mark Griffin, we, the older generation, know exactly what we are talking about in resisting change unnecessarily."We" were the ones who embraced change wholeheartedly in the 1960s and '70s, welcoming supermarkets, believing they made shopping easier, and cheaper. We were duly conned by the myths of "loss leaders", not realising then that the "loss" went on all other goods and that prices were often far higher in the supermarkets than in smaller, local shops, and frequently the greengrocer, butcher etc had far better quality products, a fact which is still often true today.The cumulative effect has been that supermarkets have now spiralled out of control almost, and many, many towns have been decimated by the arrival of a supermarket in their midst.I am not suggesting that supermarkets do not have a place in the 21st Century, but it all needs to be balanced by the effect it will have on the town, traffic, the wishes of the local people etc, etc.Very often it is the older generations who have the knowledge and the experience when they are resisting change and are not just resisting change for the sake of it.Jillian L Chave (Mrs)Potter's Close West Hill

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