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To the Editor,

As a resident born and raised in Robeson County and having lived in Lumberton most of my life, I consider patronizing local businesses as my way of giving back to the community that made me who I am. Although I have traveled to many places as a veteran of the Armed Forces and a federal employee, I find myself bypassing businesses that can accommodate the same needs I may have to frequent those in my hometown.

So it is distasteful when one of those local businesses renders a defective or faulty product, good or service with the willful intent to deceive and lie to me as a customer. It is even more disappointing to know that this business is owned by an individual who is serving as a councilman.

Although personal business and the business of running a district are different, to be successful they both require one important ingredient — ethics. I hold my local councilman to that standard and as a resident of the city I hold local businesses to that same standard.

I will say to all those that own local businesses and hold a public office that there should be no double standard and to also examine yourself personally and professionally before considering to run for office in the future.

Geoff M. Wells

Lumberton resident

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