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A welcome mat for Wal-Mart

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I am one of those who is very pleased that Wal-Mart is coming to Auburn. The naysayers are doing the same thing they did when Home Depot wanted to locate here. It’s the same tired complaints about the big, bad “box stores” that will ruin the quality of life here, cause all the smaller businesses to shutter their doors, cause traffic problems ... the list goes on and on. Well, I say hogwash! Home Depot has been very good for Auburn — many jobs, and bringing in much-needed tax revenue. I don’t recall anyone shuttering their doors due to the opening of Home Depot. Seems to me that a rather vocal minority of residents here would prefer that everyone drive “down the hill’ to Roseville just because that group doesn’t want change or any type of economic growth here. What difference does it make whether it’s a Costco or a Wal-Mart? Either one would be great here for the reasons I’ve already stated. For those who chose to purchase their homes adjacent to a large swath of empty property, I ask “what did you expect, that the owners of said property would never develop it just because you don’t like the idea?” It’s time to stop complaining every time a business wants to locate here. Have you all forgotten what the unemployment rate is in California? Enough already! Welcome, Wal-Mart. I will be so thrilled not to have to trek to Roseville. Donna McCloskey, Auburn