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The unions hate Wal-Mart

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The unions hate Wal-Mart. Now that Wal Mart has their supercenters competing against unionized grocery stores, the war against Wal-Mart has gone ballistic. Here in Lincoln, Wal-Mart was thwarted in their bid to construct a supercenter on a piece of wasteland at Highway 65 and Twelve Bridges Boulevard. At the time Raleys and Safeway had just built new stores. What a coincidence two newly built unionized stores (were) followed by a well-organized campaign to stop Wal-Mart. And come to think of it, Safeway and Raleys forced Rainbow Market, a Lincoln landmark, to close its doors. Where was the outcry? Of course Wal-Mart saw opportunity in Lincoln’s rising population. The old-time Lincolnites were thrilled at the thought of not having to drive to Roseville to do their shopping. But many of the people moving in to the new developments of Lincoln Hills and Twelve Bridges bought into the image that Wal-Mart was going to be what they were escaping from. In other words Wal-Mart was following some of them from the crowded urban areas they had left. And then there was the elitist view, like many have in Auburn, that Wal-Mart was just too low class. My bottom line view is that the unions are the force behind the opposition to Wal-Mart, be it in Lincoln, Auburn or San Francisco. P.S.: The image of small town Auburn has been outflanked by the urban zoo along Highway 49 that is serving the new small town up the hill, Grass Valley. Don Stewart, Lincoln