Letters to the editor for May 24, 2013

Union Democrat staff

Interesting facts about Walmart

To the Editor:

Please read before voting again.

This is a chain email that has circulated since about 2008. According to Snopes.com the information is mostly accurate.

1. Americans spend $42,754,109 at Walmart Every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $34,880 profit every minute!

3. Walmart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17) than Target sells all year.

4. Walmart is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco, K-Mart combined.

5. Walmart employs more than 2 million people and is the world's largest private employees.

6. Walmart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Walmart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Walmart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Walmart has approximately 4,253 stores in the United States, of which 2,610 are supercenters; this is 1,000 more than it had in 2004.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Walmart stores. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90 percent of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Walmart.

Maybe we should hire the guys who run Walmart to fix the economy.

Al Duncan

Valley Springs

Time to wisen up on water use

To the Editor:

In a recent conversation with a friend, a woman of means, I was discussing the Supervisors' decision to approve the housing development at the Pedro "Y." Her immediate comment was that land prices are finally rising and people want to sell their land before those drop again. This is, I suppose, a realistic response to the depressed economy of the past few years. And it a response that really doesn't have much bearing on me as I am not a landowner.

I am certainly not a "woman of means." I am, however, a long term resident of this county. I have watched for 35 years as Tuolumne County struggled to preserve the water that originates in our mountains. There have been water disputes with San Francisco and Modesto utilities. And, we hold on to the bare minimum.

Now we are at odds with each other, other citizens in Tuolumne County, about how to use "the bare minimum" that we have retained. I am especially concerned that we are considering use of water that we don't have i.e. Pinecrest Lake.

Is it not more prudent to improve the efficiency of our existing water system? Improve the storage facilities in Columbia so that we are not wasting water distributed there? Attempt to raise our level of access to Pinecrest before we plan to use water that is not yet designated to us? Raise the water fees from "developers" for needed improvements instead of hoping for the best or later having to raise them from fee payers?

In Tuolumne County, landowners are hoping to make some money from the sale of land as the prices rise. And there is common sense in the adage, "First things first." That land will be more valuable when it is supported by better resources.

Jeanne Hoyle


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