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A zero sum in Wal-Mart’s presence

September 11, 2011

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IN CRITICIZING Mayor Menino for his “aversion to Wal-Mart,’’ Robert Kwasny points out that if Wal-Mart provided a better mix of price and quality, Bostonians would be able to purchase desirable products at lower cost (“Mayor Menino’s 2 cents put in over retailer,’’ Letters, Sep. 1). Kwasny asks, “Is the possibility of people enjoying a higher standard of living really something a mayor should be concerned by?’’

What is so seldom mentioned in Wal-Mart debates is that the savings from lower-cost products at big-box stores are not free money, but come out of someone else’s paycheck, and at the expense of someone else’s standard of living.


Fred Kreitner
Conway