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Let’s welcome Walmart

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

How refreshing that even President Obama recently had some kind words to say about the nation’s largest private sector retail employer — Walmart.

Voters should challenge the 2013 Democratic Party mayoral candidates — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Council Member Sal Albanese — on whether they will support the president’s enlightened views. Ditto for comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, along withother public advocate, Queens borough president andCity Council candidates for 2013.

Walmart would provide work for construction contractors, their employees and thousands of the 9 percent of New Yorkers currently out of work — and the 7 percent more who have just given up looking. The city would benefit from hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales, payroll and real estate tax revenue. All of this would be accomplished without any taxpayers stimulus funding from Washington.

Consumers have voted with their feet all over America. Why not allow the nation’s No. 1 retailer to compete here as well?

For those opposed: Don’t shop there, but do give everyone else a choice.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

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