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Charles Fuller: We as a region can do better than Wal-Mart

To the editor:

I read in the paper that Wal-Mart will seek to build in Holyoke. That idea brings into my mind questions:

Why would a citizen want to work for $9 or less an hour at half-time hours to a schedule that rotates through the days of the week and hours of the day?

Why would someone want a product without guarantees as to quality and durability? Why would the city want a store that will diminish the sales of local merchants? Why would the nation want a Chinese-goods importer, a simple “middle man,” growing a foreign nation over our own?

The same answer may apply to each question. “Grabbing at straws,” “settling for less.” We can do better if there is interest in adding a retailer to the specific neighborhood selected. Is there no economic development function in town to foster our current talents and skills toward a better answer?

We can do it better.

Charles Fuller

Amherst

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