Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I wonder if you, Mr. Loomis, (Empire opinion page, Dec. 17) have any comprehension of the combined gross receipts taken in by Morris Communications, an Atlanta-based empire, from Wal-Mart and Home Depot, not only in Alaska, but the rest of the nation. These receipts provide your paycheck while you bite the hand that feeds you. How typically Juneau of you. How would you feel if the 350 new employees of these companies openly declared they will no longer subscribe to your paper, run Web ads on your site, buy classified ads, or support any of the banks, real estate brokers, car dealers or any of the other businesses that support you while you're biting that hand.
You live in the Capital City of the largest state in the union. Get used to it. Most capital cities are the seat of commerce for their states, not nests of NIMBY's. You ask for an escape, Mr. Loomis. May I suggest throwing the kayak on the old Subaru and paddling over to Pelican where they are in desperate need of citizens, let alone new businesses.
By the way, it was the extremist environmental community that killed Ketchikan, not Wal-Mart. Yes. Mr. Loomis, hurray for you. You're aboard. Now pull up the ladder.