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TACOMA: Elks’ legacy is lost jobs, businesses

Letter by Susan Cruise, Tacoma on Dec. 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | 71 Comments »
December 8, 2011 11:55 am

The Tacoma Elks are poised to turn their property over to an organization that has had a more destructive impact on communities than any other – Walmart. Walmart has forced manufacturing jobs out of our country by demanding that American companies lower their prices to a level that cannot sustain American jobs.

The Elks have been a group of people who care about their communities, and who donate time and money to improve their communities. The first line describing the Elks on the national web page is “Elks Care.” It’s time for the Elks to remember that.

By selling their property at S. Union and S. 23 streets to Walmart, the Elks are forever changing the community of Tacoma that the Elks have been a part of for so long, and changing it dramatically for the worse. With this sale, the Elks’ legacy will be lost businesses and jobs and increased traffic congestion that Walmart will cause.

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