Elated about prospect of big retailers

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2004

I have been reading the letters in the Juneau Empire opposing the possible land sale to Home Depot. I also have heard about Wal-Mart possibly taking the old Kmart building. I had to chuckle to myself of how close-minded Juneau really is. I think of all the suggestions such as anything new coming to town, there is a number of locals that wish to sabotage it. Don't even get me started on the road to Skagway issue.

How sad. Fearing change, but yet, it's inevitable. We cannot stop change. It saddens me because I think of all the people out there who don't have jobs or skills to work for the government. They have experience working in sales but not enough places will hire these people because they don't have the budget or space. Did you know that an estimated 70 percent of Juneau works for either city or state government? Including myself. It saddens me that the local businesses are freaking out because there will be lower prices for us to afford to live here and others can choose to work for someone other than our government.

Has anyone read the article about Juneau being the most expensive place to live? I think about the $900 a month I pay for a trailer, $200 a month in electricity. Money for day care, food, maintenance on my car, hospital bills, health care costs going up (I'm working for Bartlett), school clothes, school supplies, gas and taxes. I'm in the red, folks. How sad it is that these same locals feel if I don't like it, move somewhere else. That's discrimination, people. We all have a right to live here. My family and friends are here. I have lived here for over 27 years. I have roots just as you do.

Whether we're making $8 an hour or $50 an hour, we all need to afford to live here. And if Home Depot or Wal-Mart come here, I am elated with joy that they may. That means more jobs for our locals, more money to put towards buying a home (or building one), less money from the government for the assistance most people need to live here. I will be able to afford to stay here longer instead of leaving my family, my friends, my job, or whatever else that's important to me. Stop ripping me off, Juneau.

Joey J. Tillson


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