Don't give in to Wal-Mart

Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:14 p.m.

With recent discussions among our city leaders getting ready to kick into gear regarding Wal-Mart, I thought I would bring to light a little story that has been brewing and has just garnered some national attention.

It seems that the great retail giant that provides supposedly good discount prices is in some hot water on labor issues. Wal-Mart has a labor problem at 128 stores because they didn't pay overtime, allowed minors to work during school hours, and in some cases locked employees in stores until all work was completed.

Is supporting a company that operates like this really worth saving a few pennies or dollars? If you look at the question from a moral standpoint, the answer is no. Make your decisions based on your soul and not your pocket book or wallet.

If Wal-Mart is able to continue on the path they are carving for themselves, they will become a monopoly. The city leaders have given Wal-Mart an alternative to 53rd Avenue, but they will find an excuse to brush this idea aside because it doesn't fit "their mold." They will spend as much or more trying to improve on what they already designed at 53rd Avenue than what they would have at the old Kmart building. I hope our city leaders don't allow this company to steer them in the wrong direction.

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