edinbend 4 years, 11 months ago on Letter to the Editor: Why Wal-Mart?

I think the real issue in this community is leadership.

If we want The Dalles to prosper we must first change the malaise of our community leaders. Attitudes of "we're just The Dalles," need to change. We need to graciously embrace changes. To develop a vibrant downtown, we need to encourage businesses to set up shop. A key component, in my view, is supporting the businesses that are already there, patronize the local restaurants downtown and make downtown a destination.

When Walmart is built, it will provide jobs in the community. Not all jobs need to be full-time, there will be more than 100 jobs created that can benefit families with that extra income that will be spent in the community, Not only that, there will be additional businesses that are drawn to the Walmart location that will employ many other people in town, and don't forget that Walmart will also draw more people into the community to shop there and elsewhere and visit the local restaurants.

Our local leaders need to encourage development of new business to benefit our community, be it retail or manufacturing. A focused energy needs to be on downtown specialized retail and restaurant development, businesses that do not compete with Walmart but provide speacialty retail. Further, we need things for the youth of our community to do and be involved in. There should be a focus on a recreational center, like a YMCA or such in our community. What are the community leaders doing for the the youth of The Dalles.

My question is what are our leaders doing, and what are you doing to make The Dalles at better place to live? We are part of the problem but we are also the solution!


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