Why not Walmart?

Why not Walmart?

There are 112 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from Dec 14, 2009, titled Why not Walmart?. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

Kathy Keeser, center, raises concerns about the type of jobs a Walmart Supercenter would bring and the labor practices of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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Reality

United States

#1 Dec 15, 2009
No wonder North Adams does not have many jobs - these residents made it extremely difficult to move forward. And asking the question - what types of jobs does WalMart bring in? LOL. stock personnel, loading dock personnel,m cashiers, etc. What else do you think WalMart brings in for jobs.
chbpod

Warwick, RI

#2 Dec 15, 2009
Reality wrote:
No wonder North Adams does not have many jobs - these residents made it extremely difficult to move forward. And asking the question - what types of jobs does WalMart bring in? LOL. stock personnel, loading dock personnel,m cashiers, etc. What else do you think WalMart brings in for jobs.
and add to those jobs- the ones associated with the super market---what a silly qiestion---go to WalMart - go to Big Y--- and see the jobs being done-----chbpod
just wondering

Clifton Park, NY

#3 Dec 15, 2009
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice Let people who live in northadams have these job first before those who live in vermont or eleswhere.
chbpod

Warwick, RI

#4 Dec 15, 2009
just wondering wrote:
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice Let people who live in northadams have these job first before those who live in vermont or eleswhere.
That mau be whay you want---but not everbody has the skills to work at the hospital-school-city hall-hospice--- there are those that want construction jobs---and thare are those that would like Wal-Mart type jobs-----there has to be a skill level----and what you suggest?? some people don't have those skills--chbpod
my view

Williamstown, MA

#5 Dec 15, 2009
we need more artist and craft jobs to stimulate things. we have haircutting places now we need more culture.
good idea

Williamstown, MA

#6 Dec 15, 2009
just wondering wrote:
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice .......
we agree,maybe walmart should be made to subsidize a wing at the hospital to hire dditional employees. this is a condoition on them maybe.
twisted

Williamstown, MA

#7 Dec 15, 2009
just wondering wrote:
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice .....
and since when are the "good" jobs, non-profits like the ones you cited? and city hall? govt jobs dont stimulate anything and they arent "good" jobs. except for lazy bums who cant get the security they need somewhere else.
Berkshire Resident

Agawam, MA

#8 Dec 15, 2009
just wondering wrote:
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice Let people who live in northadams have these job first before those who live in vermont or eleswhere.
The problem with bringing highly skilled jobs to North Adams is that the population is not exactly what I would call scholarly or noble. According to the 2000 Census, which is the most recent national census data, only 24% of the population had a bachelor's degree or higher. 12.4% of individuals and 9.2% of the population are below the poverty level. Has much changed since 2000? Perhaps, but not enough to change the trend.

I'm not trying be snobby or elitist but when you have a town that is the per capita leader for alcoholism, suicide and incest, what really can you expect? I would love a selection of great shops downtown. When I was a kid there was Berkshire Bookshop (Friar Tuck,) Roberts Company, England Brothers, a JCPenny Catalog store and much more. I would love to see North Adams as a center of culture and art but with the drug problems and the plethora of low skilled workers populating the town, what else is there for this town? Walmart will make money and some people who previously did not have jobs will now have jobs.
Jon Dinerstein

East Otis, MA

#9 Dec 15, 2009
Berkshire Resident wrote:
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The problem with bringing highly skilled jobs to North Adams is that the population is not exactly what I would call scholarly or noble. According to the 2000 Census, which is the most recent national census data, only 24% of the population had a bachelor's degree or higher. 12.4% of individuals and 9.2% of the population are below the poverty level. Has much changed since 2000? Perhaps, but not enough to change the trend.
I'm not trying be snobby or elitist but when you have a town that is the per capita leader for alcoholism, suicide and incest, what really can you expect? I would love a selection of great shops downtown. When I was a kid there was Berkshire Bookshop (Friar Tuck,) Roberts Company, England Brothers, a JCPenny Catalog store and much more. I would love to see North Adams as a center of culture and art but with the drug problems and the plethora of low skilled workers populating the town, what else is there for this town? Walmart will make money and some people who previously did not have jobs will now have jobs.
The people who would be hired to work at Walmart could just as easily work at a Green job site. Those same people.
Berkshire Resident

Agawam, MA

#10 Dec 15, 2009
Jon Dinerstein wrote:
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The people who would be hired to work at Walmart could just as easily work at a Green job site. Those same people.
"Green jobs" are a myth. They are not economically sustainable nor do they bring anything to the local economies.

Besides, what is a Green job besides an Obama codeword for heavily subsidized left wing policy job? There is no product or service out there in these fantasy jobs. If there was a need for them the free market would take care of it.
POGO

Tampa, FL

#11 Dec 15, 2009
Walmart would be good for NA.lets not let these so called small business people make it hard for us to grow just to protect them, someone please list the name of the business whose owners are opposed to Walmaet and boycot these stores,
Jon Dinerstein

East Otis, MA

#12 Dec 15, 2009
Berkshire Resident wrote:
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"Green jobs" are a myth. They are not economically sustainable nor do they bring anything to the local economies.
Besides, what is a Green job besides an Obama codeword for heavily subsidized left wing policy job? There is no product or service out there in these fantasy jobs. If there was a need for them the free market would take care of it.
A myth?
Do you mean like global warming and the holocaust?
Last time I googled in "Green Jobs" on the internet it came up with a surprising, staggering amount of information pertaining to the topic including companies that might be interested in coming to NA.
How did all this information get here?
obliviously

Williamstown, MA

#13 Dec 15, 2009
POGO wrote:
Walmart would be good for NA.lets not let these so called small business people make it hard for us to grow just to protect them, someone please list the name of the business whose owners are opposed to Walmaet and boycot these stores,
cup and saucer might be one to start since they held the "anti-walmart" sit in
Jon Dinerstein

East Otis, MA

#14 Dec 15, 2009
my view wrote:
we need more artist and craft jobs to stimulate things. we have haircutting places now we need more culture.
I'm so glad that you wrote that. This is Western Massachussetts, after all. The land of Arts and Crafts.
Bring over lots and lots of English people to work at Mass MoCa.
OOoooo! That'll get 'em going!
Berkshire Resident

Agawam, MA

#15 Dec 15, 2009
Jon Dinerstein wrote:
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A myth?
Do you mean like global warming and the holocaust?
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I believe that qualifies for Godwin's Law. Congratulations! You not only have no argument but you are, in fact, an idiot.

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Last time I googled in "Green Jobs" on the internet it came up with a surprising, staggering amount of information pertaining to the topic including companies that might be interested in coming to NA.
How did all this information get here?
Well if you're all set on bringing Green jobs to North Adams no one is stopping you. The free market allows for all types. Just don't expect to get anywhere. When the elites of Europe aren't buying the Green Jobs joke, it's pretty sad that some here still cling to it.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1228860864487...
King Of The Mill Rats ret

United States

#16 Dec 15, 2009
Reality wrote:
No wonder North Adams does not have many jobs - these residents made it extremely difficult to move forward. And asking the question - what types of jobs does WalMart bring in? LOL. stock personnel, loading dock personnel,m cashiers, etc. What else do you think WalMart brings in for jobs.
And what more do you expect in a store? How is the career cart rounding up job sound for you? It sounds like your speed.
King Of The Mill Rats ret

United States

#17 Dec 15, 2009
Berkshire Resident wrote:
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Well if you're all set on bringing Green jobs to North Adams no one is stopping you. The free market allows for all types. Just don't expect to get anywhere. When the elites of Europe aren't buying the Green Jobs joke, it's pretty sad that some here still cling to it.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1228860864487...
A lot of these green types are smoking something green and that makes them think on a "higher" level than us lowley North Adams denizens.
Jon Dinerstein

United States

#18 Dec 15, 2009
Berkshire Resident wrote:
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Well if you're all set on bringing Green jobs to North Adams no one is stopping you. The free market allows for all types. Just don't expect to get anywhere. When the elites of Europe aren't buying the Green Jobs joke, it's pretty sad that some here still cling to it.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1228860864487...
I'm not saying that by going Green (even if we did) that the dilemma of the American economy would be solved.
I'm saying that it is one's best bet on the way to doing that.
It's one of those "okay" things to do.
hey jon

Williamstown, MA

#19 Dec 15, 2009
i just an ad for "green" laundry detergent.

and you think walmart is taking advantage of you.what a joke! and its on you!
unrealistic

United States

#20 Dec 15, 2009
just wondering wrote:
When people wanted jobs we ment good jobs. Like hospital,school,city hall,hospice Let people who live in northadams have these job first before those who live in vermont or eleswhere.
School jobs? you must be joking!
How do you propose these jobs get started?
Build a new school?

I moved back here last year to take care of my mother, I have a master's degree and am working toward my doctorate in education. I've been a classroom teacher for 5 years.
Guess how many elementary teaching positions were available? ZERO
I went from making 40,000/yr with benefits to taking an instructional aid position for a whopping $10--- no sick, vacation or summer pay.

Get a clue.

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