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Support a valued local employer | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I must confess, I am getting a bit tired of the comments, jokingly proffered by locals, about “PayMore” and “CostMore” when referring to our local Payless grocery store in Freeland. I get it. Some of their prices may be higher.

But, higher than what? Higher than the Star Store? Higher than The Goose? Higher than the Red Apple? Higher than Walmart?

OK, some prices are higher than some of those. Some are lower. Walmart is in

Oak Harbor. Do you want to drive there? Do you want to support a company that doesn’t pay a living wage? A company that almost single-handedly makes “Made in China” successful in the USA?

Payless has union employees. They make a living wage with benefits. I have no idea how many islanders they employ, but I’m betting it is considerable. Many Walmart employees are on Medicaid because they don’t get medical benefits. Some of them get food stamps. How comfortable are you with underwriting Walmart’s employees as a taxpayer?

Let’s support a valued local employer. Enough with the clever comments. In this economy, it isn’t funny anymore. Payless has good products (OK, I have an issue with the avocados from Chile). They are fair employers. Their store is beautiful and kept current and clean. Good bakery. Love the Screaming Banshee Bakery bread. Yea, too many fried foods in the deli. The Star Store wins in the deli competition (quiches, pot pies, salads, crab cakes, etc.).

But, come on, Payless is a cornerstone for our households and deserves our support and respect and appreciation. And gratitude.

Thanks, Payless.

MARY ANN MANSFIELD

Langley

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