May 19, 2004

Editorial Roundup

The Times Herald applauds a judge's ruling letting the Marine City Wal-Mart go forward:

The arguments Mariners First raises aren't particularly compelling. In her May 16 Times Herald column, the Rev. Rosalie Skwiers said Wal-Mart would increase retail space by 35%. "Where are the studies to show us this 35% increase, all at one time, will not adversely affect our city?" she asked.

That also begs this question: Where are the studies that prove this retail development will harm Marine City?

On the other hand, the Chattanoogan gives ample space to a group called the Coalition for Responsible Progress that thinks Wal-Mart has destroyed too much green space:
The Brainerd Wal-Mart has been foisted upon us through a series of sweet deals, ignoring the wishes of our citizens as outlined in the Brainerd Town Plan and Imagine Eastgate that was adopted by the City Council in 1998.
The Demopolis Times, referencing this National Review article by Jay Nordlinger, characterizes the War on Wal-Mart as silly, while forecasting the only way to take it down:
If Wal-Mart seems unstoppable, there is one force that will be its undoing, and it's not angry protests. Eventually, some retailer will be more nimble and cunning than even Wal-Mart, and it will get -- as all businesses in America do -- its own capitalist comeuppance.
Finally,the Omaha World-Herald relates the moral struggle some have shopping at Wal-Mart:
For some Americans, like Allgood, shopping at Wal-Mart involves internal struggle. For others, no struggle at all - they love it.

While we've carried on this love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart for years, a recent onslaught of bad publicity has threatened the image of the world's largest retailer even more. News stories and lawsuits allege low wages, unequal pay and the use of illegal immigrant workers.

Posted by Kevin on May, 19 2004 at 10:10 AM