Su­per­mar­ket move bad for phar­ma­cies

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I’m dis­ap­pointed to see that a phar­macy has opened up in the mid­dle of Count­down.

I un­der­stand it’s the 24th such busi­ness in Count­down super­mar­kets in the coun­try.

Of course, it will be an ad­van­tage to some cus­tomers if the cost of pre­scrip­tions is $2.50 in­stead of $5. And no doubt it will lower the price of some items to be­low cost to lure cus­tomers into the su­per­mar­ket but, apart from that, I can’t see much ad­van­tage for Whanganui.

There are al­ready half a dozen phar­ma­cies in town, all with their reg­u­lar and loyal cus­tomers.

An­other one can only have the usual ef­fect of chain stores of less­en­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of es­tab­lished, lo­cally-owned busi­nesses which are part of our com­mu­nity.

Sev­eral years ago our lo­cal phar­ma­cist paid an eye-wa­ter­ing sum for a col­lec­tion of lo­cal his­toric pho­tos which could eas­ily have left Whanganui. And then she promptly do­nated them to the mu­seum.

That is the sort of mag­nan­i­mous ges­ture that Count­down’s cap­i­tal­ist im­per­a­tive does not en­cour­age.

I am dis­ap­pointed to see the su­per­mar­ket chain’s move and will con­tinue to pa­tro­n­ise my lo­cal phar­macy. I D FER­GU­SON Great North Rd

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Send your let­ters by email to: of the con­cern hu­man­ity should de­rive from the “cli­mate change” phe­nom­e­non that is in­creas­ingly af­fect­ing the fu­ture.

Over the past two to three decades, we peas­ants have been brow beaten into ac­cept­ing as in­vi­o­late the ben­e­fits of glob­al­i­sa­tion.

The most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor con­tribut­ing to hu­man­ity’s in­creas­ing dis­com­fort must be mas­sive global over-pop­u­la­tion — al­ready, I be­lieve, be­yond what an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort could man­age to en­gi­neer a “de­cent and sus­tain­able” life­style for ev­ery ci­ti­zen and species on Earth.

Those we have al­lowed to now con­trol our world’s af­fairs — peo­ple and busi­nesses oc­cu­pied with man­u­fac­tur­ing, trade, mar­ket­ing,

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