, Derry, New Hampshire


November 28, 2013

Letters to the editor

Wal-Mart pays workers too little

To the editor:

Do you remember when you could walk into a Wal-Mart and see signs hanging in the aisles exclaiming thanks from American workers for Wal-Mart customers saving American jobs by purchasing USA made products? I do. That was the time when it was easy for American’s to help Americans with their purchases. Those days at Wal-Mart have been gone as long as Sam Walton.

Flash forward to today. Wal-Mart workers can help other Wal-Mart workers by placing food items for their less fortunate co-workers in specially marked bins for Thanksgiving meal donations in their break room.

The idea of workers helping workers is a constant throughout American labor history. So what’s the problem? The behemoth Wal-Mart disavows any responsibility for creating the issue of working people being unable to make enough money to feed themselves. That’s the problem!

If Wal-Mart wants to really be part of the solution, they should pay their workers a living wage which would allow them to afford food, shelter and clothing. Oh, and maybe giving them Thanksgiving Day off to spend with their families instead of forcing them to work for the Walton family’s search of ever more profit would be a more welcome gesture.

Tom Curtin


Thanks for food drive support

To the editor:

Thanks to all who participated in Scouting for Food recently. In Derry and Londonderry we collected, sorted, and packed boxes of food exceeding last year’s total. The food was then delivered or picked up by the local food pantries.

On behalf of BSA Scouting for Food in the Nutfield District,

Brian D. Williams


Republicans should expand Medicaid access

To the editor:

Last Tuesday, I attended the public hearing in Concord regarding the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire. I was struck by the real life stories told there. From the young people struggling with chronic alcohol and drug problems who need long term treatment to help them rebuild their lives and become productive citizens, to the single mother born with Type I diabetes whose job did not pay enough for her to afford the medication she needed to stay healthy enough to work, to the woman who had a small business, worked two jobs and still had to choose between health insurance and paying the rent, these people and others all described a life of daily anxiety about being “one bad thing” away from homelessness.

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