Confusing Wal-Mart with welfare
Once again a member of the faith community in the District has confused a business entity with a social welfare agency.
In his Dec. 5 Local Opinions commentary, “Welcoming Wal-Mart — on our terms,” the Rev. Morris Shearin outlined a “community benefits agreement” containing conditions that Wal-Mart should meet to open stores in Washington. Many of these conditions are an attempt to address social issues in the city that should be addressed by the D.C. government, not a corporation.
The D.C. Council should politely thank the Rev. Shearin and then ignore his list. If such requirements become D.C. government policy, Wal-Mart may just drop its plans to build in the city. This would deprive District residents of an opportunity to save money in their own community instead of having to drive to Maryland or Virginia. It will also deprive the District of much-needed business and sales taxes.
The Rev. Shearin needs to understand one thing: The District needs Wal-Mart more than Wal-Mart needs the District.
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