Reader Ron Pierini writes:
“Good article on the pros/cons of Wal-Mart. I wonder, however, how many of those employees that were “handed welfare and taxpayer- funded medical applications” according to an obviously biased Jacques Loveall were already on government assistance or headed there anyway…
“And let’s be frank; have you every communicated or spoken at length with many Wal-Mart employees? Many of these individuals are at the peak of their profession. In reality, they are very lucky that there is a Wal-Mart that will employ them. Otherwise, the government would be supporting them anyway, full-time or with government subsidies.
“I know this sounds condescending, but the chance for many of these employees ever finding better employment, let’s say at a bank, government service, or any job that may require a test (civil service or otherwise) is not bright (no pun intended). I think we should probably be thankful that Wal-Mart is offering many of them employment in this economy or any economy for that matter. And remember, they are free and always have been to pursue other job opportunities.”
This is hardly the sort of bouyant material I like to float on Fridays. But there it is. In a place notorious for under-education it’s hard to argue many workers are not under-qualified for jobs that pay the bills.