---- — Do you think big-box and chain stores are good for the local economy?
"Most people around here are employed by stores like Walmart."
_ Laura Robinson, Worcester, retired.
"They can undersell, but then it's convenient that you don't have to drive around to get everything you need. Local places still are the best for things like meats."
_ Warren Robinson, Worcester, plumbing/heating.
"I think it does take money out of the area where as local stores keep money local."
_ Sam Easton, Oneonta, retired.
"It's better than people buying everything online. At least people that shop at Walmart have to pay sales taxes, for example."
_ Heidi Favors, Worcester, homemaker.
"I think it hurts, because they end up having a monopoly."
_ Roxann Dungey, Hartwick, Mirabito gas station clerk.
"I think it puts smaller people out of business."
_ Mike Picozzi, physical education teacher, Gilbertsville.