Is cost worth the deal?

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005

It appears that the Kenai city fathers think they have to cut a sweetheart deal with the the Wal-Mart people in the upcoming big store to be built in Kenai.

Question: Can we, the public and taxpayers, stand the cost of this so-called sweetheart deal?

We need to ask ourselves this question.

Yes, it would be nice to buy a pair of socks or a pair of overalls here in town without having to go to Soldotna to get them, but how will all of this impact our lives in the future if we have a big Wal-Mart here in our back door?

We need to ask ourselves this question: How did Wal-Mart become one of the largest corporations in the country? How is this possible?

I must confess that I do not have all of the answers, but I do have some.

1. They are not known to pay high wages.

2. They are not known to pay overtime.

3. They are not known to pay good benefits and retirements to employees.

Some of the things they are known for:

1. Low wages

2. No overtime except in emergencies.

3. Split shifts with short hours to prevent overtime.

4. Work for older retired people who need just a few more bucks each month to have a decent living.

5. Hiring people who have been laid off from small local businesses who have gone broke because of the super Wal-Mart cheap prices.

These are just some of the things I see that are not good in my sight about a big, super Wal-Mart coming to town.

The city’s fathers were happy to see Home Depot come to town, but what makes me sick is to go into the place and find half the goods made in China. That is bad, from my view point.

How much of super Wal-Mart products will be made in China? Ask yourself that.

It thanks to “Old Tricky Dick,” who first went to China to begin trade relations. You cannot make trade deals with China and North Korea and come out a winner.

This brings me to ask this question: Where were you in 1951, ’52, ’53? I know, where I was — packing an M-1 Garand.

David F. Thornton


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