Wal-Mart is now so big that it's possible to ask a whole set of questions that would have been irrelevant, if not downright silly, twenty years ago.I think the Village Board of Trustees has an obligation to ask some of these questions also. They owe it to the Village of Saranac Lake and it's residents who voted them into office.
What is the impact of Wal-Mart's wages not on its own workers, but on the wages in an entire town, or in an entire industry?
What is Wal-Mart's impact on the variety and availability of consumer goods?
What is Wal-Mart's direct impact on sending U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas?
What is the impact on local economies of Wal-Mart's abandoning old stores, and even as Wal-Mart freely announces precise numbers for stores it opens, how many stores does it close but leave empty?
What is Wal-Mart's impact on the environment?
What is the impact of Wal-Mart's suppliers on the environment?
...as a country, we have the right to ask the questions; we have the power to ask the questions; indeed we have the responsibility to ask the questions.
Friday, July 07, 2006
A Few More Questions From Fishman
Even if you are the most devoted fan of Wal-Mart, maybe you could think even a little bit about these questions.