Letters to the Editor

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Tag: walmart

May
21st

LAKEWOOD: What’s needed are middle-class jobs

Re: “Multicar-garage homes and nice lawns are what Lakewood wants to attract” (TNT, 5-21).

To build and sell $400,000 homes in Lakewood requires a middle-class population that can afford to buy them. Unfortunately, the middle class, as a whole, is not doing so well.

Politics and the recession are still taking a toll on what is left of the middle class. There are far too many service jobs that pay at the low end of the pay scale and not enough middle-class jobs that pay in the area of $100,000 and up.

Some families have both spouses working to

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April
30th

EDUCATION: Who’s really being spineless?

I cannot express how disappointed I was with The News Tribune’s editorial (4-27) calling our state lawmakers spineless for not followed the bidding of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

But then I remember back four years when that same News Tribune editorial board backed the district over the teachers during our strike, and I remember all the editorials I have read since, and I realized that this newspaper, at least in modern times, has never backed the teachers. It has backed the school district, and I am grateful for the support given for passing levies because that money is imperative

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Dec.
5th

WALMART: Store isn’t a good neighbor to hospital

Walmart on South Union Avenue is not a good neighbor to Allenmore Hospital. Our previous neighbor, the Tacoma Elks, leased the hospital some of its parking spaces. Walmart refused to lease any parking to the hospital when approached about it.

The terms used to describe the interaction was “Walmart was not amenable.” Perhaps we should not be “amenable” to shopping in their establishment.

Oct.
10th

TACOMA: Support Prop. 1 and fix city’s streets

Tacoma’s blighted, pothole-ladened streets are painfully evident to both residents of Tacoma and visitors alike and pose a risk to any car attempting to travel on them.

The reality is that Tacoma’s streets will never be improved without a focused funding effort, which Proposition 1 offers Nov. 5. One of the beauties of Proposition 1 is that, unlike proposals to raise the sales tax, it allows multimillion-dollar hospitals, large corporations, entities in the Port of Tacoma, Walmart, and state and federal entities to participate in paying to repair the streets.

Outlying suburban areas, such as Fife and University Place –

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Aug.
23rd

WALMART: It’s deja vu on ‘Made in America’

Re: “Walmart sponsors 2-day manufacturing summit” (TNT, 8-23).

In 1985, Walmart promoted that it supported American-made products on its store shelves. It even went to the factories and filmed commercials showing the American-made products and showcasing the workers. Then Walmart started buying more imported items instead. The companies featured in the ads, many of which had expanded to accommodate Walmart, went out of business.

It was just an advertising scam to lure shoppers into Walmart. The “Made in America” promotion faded into business history, along with nearly all American-made products sold by Walmart.

So, here we go again. Should

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Aug.
22nd

TACOMA: City needs living-wage ordinance

Watching the opening of the new Walmart on South Union Avenue in Tacoma, I’ve been distressed to notice the manner in which people seem to be drawn to the facility. While understanding that everyone enjoys a good bargain, I’m angry that the City Council hasn’t proposed a living-wage ordinance or one modeled after the big-box retail wage initiative in Washington D.C.

It’s high time that more attention and pressure be placed on the City Council to force this issue, more so given the disproportionate percentage of Walmart employees who collect state aid.

Large corporations moving in and destroying our small

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Aug.
7th

WALMART: Taxpayers subsidize low-paid workers

Re: “News of the Weird” (TNT, 8-3).

State “safety net” subsidies of Walmart employees are probably unknown by the general public. Corporate Walmart reports huge profits, yet we taxpayers are contributing to their employees’ salaries due to the low pay they earn.

Why don’t the employees organize? This information should be front-page news, as it is not “weird” but unfair.

July
23rd

TOP FOODS: Saying goodbye to an old friend

I am devastated at the closing of Top Foods on South Union Avenue. Since I moved to the area 11 years ago, it has become a “good friend.” I stop by every morning of my work week to get my coffee and something for breakfast, and often stop by in the evening to get groceries for my dinner.

The bakery is absolutely the best. I can’t even begin to estimate how many family birthday cakes have been designed by their topnotch team. I will miss my favorite cracker bread, which has become a staple at every family event.

The fresh

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