Letters to the Editor

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Tag: walmart

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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July
12th

TACOMA: Walmart leads to loss of good-paying jobs

If you don’t count the already worsening traffic, the first casualty of Walmart in Central Tacoma is the closing of Top Foods. It is the loss of good-paying union jobs in exchange for minimum wage jobs doing the same work. In addition, the already rich Walton family has transferred the cost of providing paychecks to their employees and local businesses by issuing debit cards instead of paper checks or direct deposit.

It is important to remember that it is the greed of the Elks Club that is in part to blame. I will continue to shop at local businesses.

June
10th

TACOMA: Decide locally on sick leave policy

Re: “Paid sick leave would be a bad idea for city” (letter, 6-8).

The writer’s feigned concern for low-wage workers is as discredited as his sloppy research. His D.C. lobbying firm is bankrolled by multibillion-dollar corporations. When was the last time Walmart shed a tear for the plight of the working poor?

This is the face of the opposition to paid sick leave: wealthy, out-of-touch D.C. business lobbyists who want to tell us what we should and shouldn’t do in our own communities.

Paid sick leave does deserve serious conversation, from stakeholders such as small businesses, as well as

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May
7th

TAXES: Internet tax will hurt businesses

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rushed legislation through the Senate requiring Internet businesses to pay state sales taxes (TNT, 5-7). Reid’s action is astonishing due to its unfavorable effect on small businesses, the cornerstone of our economic well-being.

The speed of his action, in this regard, is in stark contrast with his continued refusal for many months to bring 20-plus pieces of House legislation, generally friendlier to free-enterprise capitalism, up for a vote.

The beehive of energy that free enterprise capitalism provides is generated by small business, which promotes creativity and innovation. These enterprises significantly improve the rate of

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April
26th

GUNS: A common thread to our national insecurity

Background checks provide a false sense of security. America needs a universal foreground check.

Local violent shootings by a police chief, soldiers and citizens tell us that passing a background check does not predict the impossibility of future explosive gun violence. A foreground check tells us it is foreseeable that more disgruntled, alienated and agitated men will legally obtain guns for mass shootings.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says our national security system failed in Benghazi and Boston, where a total of seven died. Our national security system also failed to foresee and prevent the killings of 33 at Virginia Tech,

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Dec.
10th

LIQUOR: Mom-and-pop stores are suffering the hangover

Re: “The liquor store hangover” (TNT, 12-9).

The front-page article depicts the hangover the state of Washington, Safeway, Walmart, etc., along with the liquor distributors, have inflicted on the mom-and-pop liquor retail business.

Granted the new owners should have known about all the fees associated with buying into this business of liquor sales, but that alone is no excuse for the crippling taxes laid on those who don’t have the resources big retailers enjoy. The article notes that Oregon is reaping substantially from our state’s overly regressive and oppressive tax system on booze.

Putting the squeeze on the mom-and-pop

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