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Apr. 8, 2020 | Wednesday
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Letter: Can we all just stop hoarding? It's not necessary
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Dear editor:

On Monday morning I headed over to Shoppers Drug Mart on Niagara Stone Road because I needed to pick up a few things we are out of.

One of those items was Lysol wipes. 

Unfortunately, I was not surprised to find the shelves cleared of these and all other cleaning products. It was the same story on a recent trip to Valu-Mart in Virgil. 

The same goes, of course, for toilet paper. Is TP the new “go-to” staple in times of crisis now? 

All I could do was shake my head and wonder what is going on. 

I understand that we are living in a very uncertain time and it is scary. 

Certainly the complete dominance of this story on television, newspapers and social media is causing many to panic, but, do we really need to buy as much Lysol and toilet paper as we can carry? 

Unless we have to self-isolate for 14 days, (but how much toilet paper does one family go through in that time?!), a short trip to grocery or drugstores when needed is still possible. 

And if we stop and think and buy only the amount we need, and no more, then we are being good neighbours as well. 

It would also help if retailers erect signs limiting quantities. But even without this measure, can we not think of others and limit ourselves?

Laura Jeffrey

Niagara-on-the-Lake

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