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•Explain how Edmondson responds to opposing points of view. Describe specific passages in which she counters those or concedes and refutes them.

Big box companies provide jobs, but not skills. Those jobs teach how to stock shelves, work a cash register, and get paid minimum wage. They don't teach actual skills and you also lose the ability to have a close relationship with customers. Box companies offer jobs, cheaper products, and security with national brand recognition. Money from these businesses doesn't stay in the small town and ends up threatening it.

•Identify her main claim and at least three supporting claims. For each of these claims, describe one piece of support she has that is linked to each claim.

Her main claim is that big box companies can end up destroying small towns and their communities because they destroy small town businesses.
One example of support is that box stores get to decide what they are selling. They choose the big name books, music, movies and clothes that get sold in that store, instead of the locally made items from the community.
Another example is that while the prices of items may be small, the store cost is high. This makes it almost impossible to have a family business, no matter how long it's been around.
A third example of support is the local farmer who lost his occupation and business because of these large companies. His skills of farming are now not useful and he is stuck working in a factory setting.

•Edmondson uses sources throughout her argument. Which ones are the most effective? Why?

I believe that the best support was the man who talked about how he used to be able to buy his bread, milk, and eggs for wholesale price from a local farmer, all while walking down the street. Although this comes with no research or data, he is the most educated person from this support. He knew perfectly well how times have changed for farmers and small communities. With these large businesses comes "fresh fruit" that has been shipped hundreds of miles, when people could just be buying it from the farmer down the road. Farmers have lost a number of years of their life, as well as their occupation.

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