Letters from the issue of Thursday, June 19, 2008


Broken man, broken heart: Your story on Herman Teague really broke my heart ("The Wal-Mart Solution," Paul Rubin, June 5). It, of course, had no effect on top Wal-Mart executives — who have no heart.

As Mr. Teague's lawyer said in your article, we all know why Wal-Mart did what it did. It doesn't want to pay the health expenses of countless thousands of potential Herm Teagues in its employ as the largest retailer in the world. Wal-Mart operates with so much slave labor it isn't funny! Imagine if huge numbers of these part-time oldsters [wanted Wal-Mart to pay for on-premises injuries]. It would sure cut into their $20,000 a minute, or so Wal-Mart executives figure.

So why not just drive a sweet, old man crazy with worry in his waning years, make him fret about $200,000 in medical bills that Wal-Mart's lawyers are holding up from his Medicare benefits while their endless legal BS is being litigated, and drive him right into the grave? Hey, it's worth it to see an old man (a war hero!) die as long as Wal-Mart can continue selling its cheap crap to the masses.

As long as Wal-Mart's CEO can continue to draw his millions in salary and perks every year.

Right. To hell with Herm Teague and anybody else who dares to challenge Sam Walton's company! By the way, Sam is turning over in his grave these days knowing what the scoundrels who're running the company he built are up to, at the expense of defenseless souls like Herm.
John Braley, Phoenix

Change the laws: Wal-Mart is just like every other major corporation in the United States. It's easier to stonewall in the courts than to settle out of them.

What needs to be done is to change our form of law. In this case, if the injury is on the job, the state should pay the benefits and let the company sue the state to prove that the injury is not work-related.

Things would get settled a lot faster, and the injured would be back on the job a lot faster. But then again, I learned a long time ago to vote with my wallet!
Chris Born, Phoenix

Do what's right: I continue to be disgusted with big corporations. They don't have a conscience; they have ambition and greed.

What we have to remember is that corporations are run by human beings. People make decisions for corporations, and those people should be held accountable. We have to stop talking about corporate giants like Wal-Mart as though they are another entity, superior to us in not only wealth but knowledge of what is right and wrong.

As Herman Teague said, you do what's right, whether you are an individual or a company.

These days, we don't put enough pressure on corporations to be morally responsible. It's very easy for us to attack an individual when they're a celebrity, to point out everything that's wrong with them, even though they have no effect on our lives whatsoever. But it's so hard for people to say anything about corporations, because they sponsor everything. No one wants to lose their job or opportunity or funding.

So we accept the ridiculous notion that corporations will do what they want with us, as we are just mortal human beings, and they are the immortal corporations. I say no!

What if Mr. Teague had fallen in a very successful mom-and-pop store, and mom and pop hired a lawyer to avoid paying him? How would the community look at that store? When corporations do atrocious things in a formal setting, we have to look at it exactly as we would if an individual did it in a casual setting. That is how you can tell what is right and what is wrong, in case you forgot.

I'm really proud of New Times for running this article. There seems to be so little pressure on corporations, even though I feel they're the trunk of the tree representing our country's problems.
Zack Aydelotte, Phoenix

Ban it: Out-fucking-rageous! Ban Wal-mart now!
Liberty Goodyear, Buckeye

The only game in town: Why do people shop at Wal-Mart? Wyatt Earp asked Doc Holliday why he was playing a rigged faro game one day, to which Doc replied, "Hell, I know it's crooked, Wyatt, but it's the only game in town." That's what Wal-Mart has become. Karma may catch it someday.
Jim Bailey, via the Internet

It's all about slave labor: Common sense is the only thing not found at Wal-Mart. And if the company had it, it would be made in China. I would never allow a family member to work there. Wal-Mart is about slave labor.
Mike Dalton, via the Internet

Those were the days: In my dad's day, I saw his plant shut down several times when word got around that someone was getting the shaft. Workers just walked off the job and set up a picket line. Once, while I worked for Greyhound, we walked off and shut down a terminal because our checks were late. Those were the days!
Ronald Jonas, via the Internet

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