I was over at Pagano’s this morning (did you know they now carry Benjamin Moore paint?) and talking to Pat, who is always helpful, and who was mixing up a white for my basement ceiling. We were talking about the Orchard Supply Hardware that it looks like we may soon have in South Shore/Alameda Towne Centre (the City Council voted last night, 4-1, to deny an appeal that sought to keep them out.) I am a local business loyalist and, even before I gave up my car, I made every effort to shop locally. But with local shopping, comes a need for more local options. Do you know that most retail dollars spent by Alamedans are spent off-island? Do you know that sales tax dollars are an essential line item in the city’s budget? In any case, I of course don’t want Pat to lose her job, or business at Pagano’s to drop, or Encinal Hardare to suffer—and I will continue to frequent those stores because, let’s face it, the service is great. But if we’re going to boost coffers we need to get more folks shopping in-town, and more options are not a bad thing.