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A community, sans Wal-Mart

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2004

Here's what I want for Juneau: I want fair wages. I want stores downtown that sell something other than diamonds and T-shirts. I want affordable housing and responsible landlords. I want the empty burned-out lot on Front Street to be turned into an Olympic-sized swimming pool. I want an all-night diner with grumpy waitresses and bad coffee. I want Marine Park to be the way it used to be. I want Charles Bronson to come back from the dead and be our mayor (unless he was a Republican). I want our city to care more about our own people and less about tourists.

I especially want Wal-Mart to keep its slave-wage, sweatshop, globalization-hungry, greed-dripping hands out of our town. They will leave as soon as business fails. Because they don't care about any community or even know the meaning of the word.

Patrice Helmar

Juneau



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