College should support local businesses

To the editor:

As a longtime Oberlin resident, I write to share that I am saddened to see that the Oberlin College office of residential education is partnering with Bed Bath & Beyond, a national chain, rather than with local businesses. I also understand that there will be a Bed Bath & Beyond tent sale taking place in Wilder Bowl so that students can purchase move-in day supplies. It seems contrary to the Oberlin way to go big box rather than local. This decision hurts our community business owners, employees, and local families.

Economist David Boyle says, “Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going,” noting that when money is spent elsewhere — at big supermarkets, non-locally owned utilities and other services such as online retailers — “it flows out, like a wound.”

I understand that this is a trial year for the tent sale. If you too would like to see more promotion of local businesses as we invite our new community members to our lovely downtown area, please share your concerns with Meredith Raimondo, interim vice president and dean of students,

Kathy Abromeit

Editor’s note: A link supplied by the author of this letter to an Oberlin College Web article announcing a Bed Bath & Beyond partnership was broken. A search of both the college website and Google turned up a link, but the article returned a 404 error and could not be accessed.