Voice of the People
I wholeheartedly agree with the Oct. 9 letter by John and Brenda Swibes.
Wal-Mart does indeed set artificially low prices to drive out competitors.
Mall-Wart, oops, Wal-Mart, is so powerful that it mandates the price at
which it will buy goods from manufacturers.
Bayer Corporation (formerly of Elkhart) sold Alka-Seltzer, One-A-Day
vitamins and Bayer Aspirin to Wal-Mart at a loss while I was employed there
in the 1990’s. Of course, these losses had to be made up for by small
independent retailers, struggling themselves to survive. As for new jobs,
“Nickeled and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich demonstrates how Wal-Mart
exploits its employees, who are so poorly compensated they cannot live
Why the Chesterton area would even consider letting Wal-Mart in is beyond
me. The Swipes said it succinctly: “(Are we) so desperate to build
something, anything, that we are willing to settle for what scraps are
shoved under the door?”