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Methodists bake the pies for Old Time Fair

To the Editor:

A response to 'A grand thank you from grand marshal.'

The submission by Mike Watters, a West Linn resident who served as grand marshal in the West Linn Old Time Fair parade on July 16, was very kind.

I would like to point out though, that while I am sure the Lutheran Ladies make good pies, the pie booth at the fair was from the Willamette United Methodist Church as it has been for many years. Don't you remember Mike? We took a break from pie baking to wave at you when you turned at our corner at 16th and Willamette Falls Drive.

Mary Lou Ball

West Linn

on behalf of the pie bakers at Willamette United Methodist Church.

(Editor's note: Ball is writing in response to the opinion submission from Mike Watters from the July 21 Tidings titled 'A grand thank you from grand marshal.')

Thanks to Bryan T. Robinson for fundraising story

To the Editor:

Thank you so much for the lovely article in today's Review and Tidings about Bridging Communities Through Art and Agriculture. I believe that we are going to have a well-attended event in large measure because of this piece.

Bryan was a very good interviewer and his writing is exceptional. A tip of the hat to Bryan and I hope that his career in writing takes him to his highest goals.

Thanks once again for the support,

Roberta Schwarz

West Linn

(Editor's note: Schwarz is referring to Bryan T. Robinson's story 'Fiala Farms bridges the community' from the July 21 newspapers).

Walmart's low prices give local shops a big price to pay

To the Editor:

Remember when almost everything we used in the U.S. was manufactured or grown right here, with jobs aplenty? But wait! Outsourcing reduced labor costs and (there were) no pesky safety regulations.

Consumers delighted in cheap clothing, tools and toys. Then, a large retail outfit decided to make even more profit - advertising that their prices were lowest. When their buyers negotiated with wholesalers, they unbendingly dictated what they would pay - which drove local companies out of business.

OK, the consumer got the lowest price. Maybe 50 cents less for a tape measure or a lead-painted yo-yo. So what if gradually every factory and mom-and-pop store went under, as long as folks could go to the big 'W' store and get plenty of cheap stuff? As more factories and local stores shut down, we watched unemployment skyrocket.

Wall Street and big banks were blamed for the fallen economy, and they played a part. But the biggest cause for the decline in American manufacturing and jobs was the cutthroat dealings of the company who proposes to build their stores in West Linn and Lake Oswego. Do we seriously want to see the company responsible for the worst recession in 100 years bring their business model to our community?

Leadership out of this economic crisis should not come only from our political and business leaders, but from everyday people like us. We have the opportunity and honor to support our local businesses, thus creating jobs.

Many brave people are working hard to turn back to manufacturing and growing products locally.

Low prices?

What about the price paid by our unemployment rate, the environmental cost, the cost to human rights? Let's stop being so short-sighted; say no to that big store. Say yes to a robust, sustainable future for our community.

Sharon Bonesteel

West Linn

Walmart is not what we need here

To the Editor:

'It must be a joke,' I said to my husband when I read that Walmart had plans to open a store in Lake Oswego and another in West Linn. Both of these upscale communities have residents that enjoy shopping in high-end stores with a reputation for quality products and commitments to being socially responsible.

The Walmart spokesperson claims these store will create jobs and improving access to affordable groceries in the community, but in reality all these stores will do is destroy our sense of community while potentially introducing crime and additional traffic.

Lake Oswego residents are not interested in the 'affordable convenience' of Walmart and the products of questionable quality it offers. Residents of these communities prefer to support local shops and respect retail establishments that treat their suppliers with respect; two issues that Walmart has always failed to understand.

The argument that a Walmart will create jobs for the community is an empty promise. Our residents tend to be well educated with at least a bachelor's degree; there is no reason to believe anyone living in Lake Oswego would be satisfied working at Walmart for minimum wage. I am left wondering if the company's 'marketing research' was done by a failed student from an online business school.

Walmart, with its 'everyday low prices' will not appeal to residents of West Linn and Lake Oswego.

Allowing Walmart to open stores in these communities will only lead to massive traffic increases, an increase in accidents and potentially more crime as people from Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Sherwood, Wilsonville, and even further afield will come here in hopes of saving a nickel.

Walmart is not what our community needs!

Elena King

Lake Oswego