Letter writer needs a reality check about Wal-Mart
- Gresham Outlook - Opinion
In response to Matthew Vantress letter of Aug. 12 ('Stop Complaining about Wal-Mart'): I was sorely disappointed in Vantress' lack of knowledge regarding Wal-Mart's business practices and their socio-economic impact on communities.
They may sell some of their products at a lower price than other retail stores but like everything else, it comes with strings attached. In this case, the lower prices mean more profit for corporate Wal-Mart as the employees aren't benefiting.
Yes, I agree, other retailers could stand to lower their prices, but for the most part, they are all competitive. The reason Oregon has one of the higher unemployment rates in the nation isn't because we don't have a Wal-Mart on every corner.
Obviously Vantress hasn't read the government report by Rep. George Miller of California or he would understand what kind of impact this box chain has on a community.
The main issue here isn't just having a store that doesn't fit in this residential neighborhood, but the impact of the traffic. This intersection cannot handle anymore traffic than is expected by having this retailer here and remain safe. For example, I doubt Vantress has witnessed the road rage going up Southwest Highland Road. It isn't a pretty sight. We have a number of schools nearby plus neighborhoods. The safety of those living and going to school should be our first priority.
We already have two Wal-Marts within five miles of the intersection in question and both are in more business-like settings where the traffic seems to be handled more adequately. Granted, we may be the fourth largest city in Oregon, but we still have the ambiance of a close-knit community, and we would like to have it remain a safe one. And that means we need to consider the needs of our residents and their families.
Remember, at one time there were beautiful trees there before they were destroyed for a retailer that didn't last.