It is interesting to note Wal-Mart contributed to the Brainerd YMCA fund drive, when at the same time many "local" businesses were conspicuous by their absence.
Wal-Mart did not contribute to the recent YMCA building expansion project. Wal-Mart has contributed, along with several other area businesses, to the Y Partners Campaign. No information was available whether the contribution was made by employees or the corporation.
Baxter residents are right. They don't need a Wal-Mart superstore. Wal-Mart should put its new store in Brainerd. I think Brainerd residents know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth. Besides, Wal-Mart customers wouldn't have to pay the new Baxter sales tax. Brainerd City Council, are you paying attention?
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How about an outlet mall?
There are acres of prime land in Baxter and the best retail you can find to build on it is Wal-Mart? I thought the Brainerd lakes area prided itself on the fact that this is a recreational, sports Mecca. And can't you just visualize a Gander Mountain or a Cabela's right on the corner where Paul Bunyanland is? But I guess it's too late for that. And what about the fact that there isn't any decent shopping in the area for all of the area towns, including Baxter and Brainerd? An outlet mall would be a much more attractive option on prime land.
Honesty is the best policy
Like many other people in the area I filled out an application for Missota Paper. And like many others, I didn't get hired. The application stated that you had to be a team player and could work in a tobacco-free environment. I know for a fact that some of the people they hired are smokers and others are not team players. I guess it pays to lie on your application. I thought honesty was the best policy. I guess being a veteran doesn't help either. I'll pray for all of you because in the end, honesty will prevail.
I'd like to know if Wal-Mart received any tax breaks when they built their existing store. I'd like to know if they're going to receive any for their new superstore. With that being said, if they didn't give them all those tax breaks, maybe they wouldn't have to come up with a new sales tax and ask Brainerd to do the same.
Wal-Mart did not receive any tax incentives for its existing Baxter store and has not applied for any tax incentives for its proposed store.
Setting the record straight
Retail gas businesses do not buy "x" number of gallons at the beginning of each month. Much is brought in by a tanker at 10,000-12,000 gallons at each time. Gas prices go up and down. Product in the ground is affected the same way. Retail gas margins (net profit per gallon) are the lowest they've ever been. Most businesses probably could not operate if they had to depend solely on the selling of gasoline. Part of the problem we face today is the cost of cheap energy, gas and America's overconsumption and its dependence upon it.
In regard to 'Is anyone awake?'
... This obviously one-sided individual has no clue of how the economy, business ... works when he talks about 100,000 gallons of gas costing $1.35 and making the difference of 30 cents on that 100,000 when the gas price goes up. To get the gas price to go up in the first place, it has to go down. If a person is willing to risk $135,000, don't you suspect that he could lose $35,000 if the cost of gas drops to a $1 a gallon ... and then shouldn't he be compensated for that? ...
Upset about gas prices
It's kind of ironic after my last message I left with The Dispatch on this gasoline pricing, it comes out in the USA Today that they are accusing the companies of price gouging. We need to start at home and do something about the gas going up like this. It's ridiculous and it's not going to be tolerated. We should boycott it.
Come on, Christmas is over. Unplug the lights and take down those dead wreaths.
When innocent lives are lost, justice will never prevail.
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