Welcomes Wal-Mart

Letters to the editor

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005

I am writing in response to Ben Madison's letter "Disputing Wal-Mart Managers Argument."

What a read, but I would like to ask you what state you are living in? I have worked for the state on and off since 1985 and steady for the last five years, and I have never made $16 an hour. And of the $12.45 I did make an hour, most of my pay was eaten up by the union to pay for medical, and they will be taking away many benefits in the coming months.

The state used to be the place to work in Alaska. Not anymore; it does not pay.

Even if Wal-Mart does not give health insurance, and it only pays $10 per hour, when you are out of work and have no money coming in to pay the higher taxes the city has put on property (if you are lucky enough to even own a home anymore), and you have to feed and clothe your children, who cares if you don't get health insurance? At least you have a job, and $10 dollars an hour is better than zero dollars an hour.

Most of us were not born with a silver spoon in our mouths. We have to worry about how we have to make a living and survive.

I say, welcome Wal-Mart. At least we will stop being gouged by the monopoly that controls everything in this town. If Wal-Mart clothing is cheaper than anywhere else, hallelujah. We won't have to worry about our children going naked, because we can't afford to pay $40 for one shirt.

I can't wait for them to get here. I will even go to work for them when they do.

Bobbie Haffner

Juneau



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