LETTERS The market vs. Wal-Mart

Posted: June 06, 2005

IAGREE WITH your editorial on Wal-Mart and how it treats its employees.

Wal-Mart, while employing many, is a detriment to the small-business owner. It is a symbol of our dwindling culture, and its TV ads that tout Americana and down-home values are nauseatingly contrived.

But "Sprawl-Mart" and other companies should not be forced to offer the health benefits cited in your editorial. The market should regulate Wal-Mart's bad policies: employees should find other jobs at places that pay better and offer better benefits, then Wal-Mart will be forced to pay more and offer better benefits in order to compete. Likewise, people should boycott Wal-Mart, as I do, to show that they do not approve of their policies.

Emily Kennedy, Philadelphia

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