Yes, Ms. Adams, the cop logs are indicative of certain social problems in Brentwood. It would be really tough to say that they were caused by Walmart, since we do not have a Walmart in Brentwood. Your analogy is flawed and essentially pointless.
I would bet serious money that if Walmart is allowed to build in Brentwood, the cop logs will show a measurable increase in crime, both petty and serious, in the vicinity of any store that it’s allowed to build. And yes, lots of companies have lawyers and lobbyists also. But not many of those companies have the track record that Walmart does with regard to using its lawyers and lobbyists to buy and bully local politicians.
Walmart has a history of using its money and tactics to outmaneuver local opposition to the building of Walmart stores in small towns all over the United States. Brentwood will be electing a new mayor and City Council in the next election. It would be a very smart move to closely monitor all campaign contributions in these races.
And yes, most new employees start out “at the bottom,” as you so cleverly put it. But in the case of Walmart employees, they tend to stay there and never do receive a livable wage or any kind of benefits.
And yes, the track record of Walmart is littered with closed small-town businesses. If you really need the “less expensive” option that you mentioned, there is a Walmart close by on Lone Tree Way in Antioch.
And finally, I will continue to deride the purchase of the palm trees. Their beauty, or lack of it, is not the point. The point is that they were a waste of taxpayer’s money. The money paid for those trees would have paid an elementary school teacher’s salary for two years. In this day of overcrowded classrooms, I would happily forgo the palm trees for better education for our children and less crowded classrooms.
I am pleased that there is this much interest in the debate concerning Walmart. The more public scrutiny, the less chance that Walmart will be able to “purchase” the politicians it needs to get its way.
Bill Sumner, Brentwood