I have to say that I think Myra Tompkins (“Quite a city,” July 4) hit the nail on the head when she suggested that the mural that Atascadero was so upset over was better than an ugly Walmart. For years, the city has wanted to keep its downtown vibrant with shoppers. A mural, good or bad, is better for attracting customers than a beige building and other boarded-up buildings. How do you think a Walmart will help these businesses and others in town — including those at the former outlet mall — stay in business? What is it that Walmart can offer that you do not already have?
It will not add one thing that will ultimately improve the quality of life in Atascadero. You think you will add jobs, but they will be pay minimum wage, and those employees will not be able to afford medical insurance. How many small businesses will go under because Walmart can buy for less and sell for less?
Walmart could do so much good if it employed people at fair wages with benefits and it provided merchandise that was made in the United States. Think of how it could positively affect our economy if it began to care more about our country and communities than greed.