Area is anti-growth toward large businesses


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 31, 2005 at 11:51 p.m.
N.M. Postlethwaite (Oct. 20) moans about this city being labeled anti-business and the need to support local businesses while Satchell Raye (Oct. 18) moans about statements being made about east Gainesville. I guess the truth hurts.
This community is anti-business and anti-growth toward large businesses. East Gainesville is riddled with crime and poverty due to these attitudes. Why else would the city be begging businesses to move there?
Raye says his employees are paid well. Do all his employees earn at least $12 to $14 an hour with benefits? I seriously doubt it.
And in response to Postlethwaite; no, Wal-Mart is not a mom and pop business. It's a store where you can get products a lot cheaper than you would find at most mom and pop stores.
This area's service economy provides more evidence of these attitudes. Ask most servers of restaurants along Archer Road how much they're paid. I'm willing to bet it's not $10 an hour with benefits, much less $12 an hour with or without benefits.
This is more proof that Gainesville and Alachua County is unfriendly toward larger businesses. The area's history is further proof.
Alan Kendal, Gainesville

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