The reader who wrote the objection to the Wal-Mart photo and article is seriously misguided and has obviously jumped on the hate-Wal-Mart bandwagon (Letter: Objection to recent Wal-Mart construction photo). His point about them taking business away from small businesses is, of course, true. But if the reader is planning to ONLY shop at mom-and-pop places and hold to his strict moral standing that he obvioulsy thinks we should all live up to, then he will need to make a few other changes. Never again can he eat at a fastfood restaurant; they are taking business away from the family-owned restaurants. Never again can he get his gas from Exxon, Shell, or Chevron; they are taking business away from the old-time gas stations owned by families. Never again can he shop for clothes at a national retailer, they are taking business away from the one-of-a-kind seamstresses and clothing stores in this country.
One of the greatest things about America is that we are given the opportunity to run businesses large and small. The fact that smaller, family-run businesses lose out is a sad result of larger business’ success. But by eliminating or boycotting Wal-Mart, you do not solve this dilemma. Let us not forget that Wal-Mart started as a small family-run business too. By turning your anger towards Wal-Mart you say that America should only allow businesses of a certain size. If they become too successful, then they are bad. That line of thinking simply isn’t what America was built on.
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