Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Wal-Mart

Jan.
26th

FIRCREST: Let voters decide on liquor sales

It is disheartening to see state Sen. Steve O’Ban and other Pierce County legislators propose to take power from Fircrest voters (TNT, 1-26). Under his proposal, voters could no longer decide whether Fircrest should be wet or dry.

Personally, I would probably favor allowing citywide sale of liquor by the glass. However, state legislators and City Council members should not team up to strip the vote from Fircrest citizens. Legislators should not accommodate the chronic difficulties some Fircrest officials have in convincing Fircrest’s citizens of good policy.

Not long ago, the Fircrest City Council attempted special treatment so Wal-Mart

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Aug.
27th

PAY: Taxes subsidize Wal-Mart’s low wages

Regarding the letter (TNT, 8-27) about requiring Wal-Mart and other low-wage stores to pay a living wage: Perhaps the writer should be aware of other considerations that have a very direct impact on the question of who pays those employees.

Recently there was an item in this paper about Wisconsin paying more than $75 million a year in state support for employees of Wal-Mart due to low income.

I have no doubt that Wal-Mart, and other low-wage employees, are also receiving that same sort of support from Washington state taxpayers too. Thus, there are not two parties that the

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Aug.
27th

PAY: We all suffer when wages are too low

Re: “Who really pays for higher wages?” (letter, 8-27).

The writer argued that raising wages makes it “difficult for people strapped for money.” This view is wrong.

First, companies do pay for some of the increase. Wall Street has increased its bonuses even as workers march for higher wages. In 2012, those bonuses increased by 8 percent to an average $121,000 (Bloomberg.com).

Second, in real terms, minimum wages have been declining since the 1960s. This decline is one reason income has shifted from all classes to the rich. People become “strapped” when jobs do not pay enough to allow

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Aug.
26th

TACOMA: Who really pays for higher wage mandate?

Re: “City needs living-wage ordinance” (letter, 8-25).

I wonder about the world view of people who would subscribe to this proposal. Where do they think the money to pay the higher wages will come from? Only two choices: the company or the buyers.

If Wal-Mart grants higher wages, the probability is very high that the prices of its merchandise would increase, making it even more difficult for people strapped for money.

Oh, I know: Include price controls in the ordinance! How many small businesses would that wreck, and how many jobs would be lost? Maybe the marketplace works best

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Sep.
13th

WALMART: It’s OK to say no to mega-store

There are many reasons why Walmart is bad for Tacoma. Walmart destroys more jobs than it creates. It encourages its workers to seek public assistance for health care. That Big Yellow Smiley Face hides many ills.

My biggest concern about Walmart is this: It undercuts and squeezes out local and independently owned businesses. Tacoma Boys, Teaching Toys and Books, Learning Sprout, Old Town Bicycle – virtually any business along Sixth Avenue, Proctor, Pearl, in Old Town or downtown is threatened.

Tacoma’s blood runs through its local business districts. The time for all of us to stand up is now. It’s

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Sep.
9th

WALMART: New store should be welcomed

I am old enough to have been through the Great Depression and its recovery, so to hear people want to discourage development of a positive force like a “big-box store” is appalling to me.

We used to call them “department stores.” When a department store was established in a city, it was a cause for rejoicing because it not only gave work to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, cement workers and many other trades but also many smaller shops and restaurants were built around the area because of the large number of people the department store attracted.

Come on, Tacoma, think big

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Sep.
5th

WALMART: TNT now a development consultant?

Re: “Council right to be cautious about proposed Walmart” (editorial, 9-2).

Since when does a newspaper give advice on new development? Like Walmart or not, The News Tribune shows its true-blue pro-union colors by sticking its nose in areas that it knows little about.

Face it, the City of Tacoma has not exactly knocked it out of the park on economic development lately, and as long as the City Council keeps putting moratoriums on projects – and The News Tribune keeps sending anti-business messages out – developers will continue to look elsewhere.

We can only hope that not too

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