First, Vermont came for the Walmarts. I said nothing, because I hate Walmarts. Now, Vermont is coming for the dollar stores?

Shawn Cunningham, a resident here in Chester who is fighting Dollar General’s plan to open down the street from the town common, said that since dollar stores tend to be much smaller than big-box stores, they are often not barred by local zoning rules meant to keep sprawl in check.

“It’s not like you’re bringing in a 100,000-square-foot supercenter,” said Mr. Cunningham, who started a group, Smart Growth Chester, to fight the Dollar General proposal.

This is a good argument to be having. So let's talk about it!