Wal-Mart not looking out for community

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 1, 2006

To the Editor:

This past weekend, after years of patronage at Wal-Mart, my wife and I bought our groceries at another Selma grocery store.

Sometimes, there are things more important than just getting the lowest price.

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Wal-Mart, like so many others before them, has chosen to betray everything good and decent in the communities that support them.

They have chosen to support gay marriage and are trying to help defeat an amendment banning gay marriage in Idaho.

This in itself is bad enough, but they have also chosen to stop allowing any charitable solicitation on their property.

No Salvation Army, no schools, churches, Girl or Boy Scouts, no Toys for Tots, but they expect everyone to continue spending our money in their stores. I bet Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave.

I’m sure Wal-Mart won’t miss my little $80 to $100 bucks a week for groceries and medicine, but if enough people stop trading with them, not only in Selma, but nationwide, and let them know why, it might bring them back to reality.

Wouldn’t it be great if Alabama’s politicians had the guts to take a stand and maybe even threaten Wal-Mart with the loss of their business privileges in Alabama and even greater if it happened nation wide?

But judging from the past performance of all politicians, that won’t happen.

Wal-Mart’s decision in this matter is not just disappointing, it’s disgusting.

Show Wal-Mart your disgust, and shop at any other stores in Selma, and call the Wal-Mart management to let them know you’re shopping elsewhere and why.

Gary W. Hearon