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Shoppers still control purse strings

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Why should any of us be surprised that the world’s biggest retailer has finally got its grips into Auburn? To those who proclaim that small businesses are the engine of the United States economy, I fear that this may be another death knell for some of our “mom and pop” businesses in the greater Auburn area. As Wal-Mart’s share of the market continually increases, common sense dictates that others lose. I have never shopped at Wal-Mart and hopefully never will. I don’t agree with the pressure they put on suppliers, how they treat their workers or their predatory business practices. The Placer County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors surely should have had more information before they made such an important decision, especially in light of the fact that there was public concern about Wal-Mart locating in Auburn. I think they all should share in the 30 pieces of silver! It’s sad that in this day and age, it seems that smoke and mirrors, half-truths, lies by omission and the old razzle-dazzle are acceptable moral and ethical standards of corporate America, investment banks and yes, even politicians and governments. But wait ... what if none of us shopped at the Auburn Wal-Mart location in the future? What if the store was not really successful? I believe we can control the “purse strings” but do we have the collective will to accomplish it? Congratulations Mr. (Jim) Conkey and Mr. (Steve) Cavolt for a job well done! Terry Andreucci, Newcastle