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Letter to the Editor: What's to fear from Walmart?

What’s to fear?

To the editor:

What is the fear about Walmart coming to The Dalles? Downtown businesses consist of secondhand stores, specialty stores, restaurants and professional services. Is it possible these businesses may benefit from having more people visit The Dalles or do we really believe Walmart will put them out of business?

Do we fear that Walmart might contribute to our economy by employing people who will actually live in the area and help support our economy?

A lot of these jobs won’t be at high wages, but there will actually be jobs for people we know and see around town as opposed to the Google employees who rotate in and out with little or no economic impact in our community.

Do we fear Walmart will pay their fair share of property taxes as opposed to a hope that someday Google will pay their full fair share?

Do we fear that Walmart will use our water and resources and actually pay for them as opposed to seeing the steam above Google that is water used and not metered until what is left is discharged?

I believe our city was taken in by Google with a lot of promises of a boon to our economy. Where is that happening? How many people have a neighbor that works at Google? How many times have our water rates and property taxes raised since Google came to town, yet we are not getting the relief that should be ours by having such a large company here.

Sure, they have given computers to our schools and helped with the downtown wi-fi, but monetarily this is a fraction of what we would have gained through a fair property tax contribution.

Do you believe Walmart will get even close to the considerations, gifts and allowances that Google has been given? We would actually have some employment in town, more traffic in town that could support our local economy and, God forbid, some actual tax revenue.

Why isn’t our town and local government encouraging Walmart to locate here? Exactly who benefitted from Google coming to town and who is not being promised the same sort of benefits, therefore throwing up as many roadblocks as possible for Walmart?

Dianna Thomas

The Dalles

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