Doonesbury - when WalMart comes to town
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10330) 24 days ago
I've been reading these. It is positively painful. Certainly happened here.
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 23 days ago
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Amorette Allison wrote:
I've been reading these. It is positively painful. Certainly happened here.


Are you starting to get paranoid ???.

[Edited by Jerry e (7/21/2020 9:12:19 PM)]
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10330) 23 days ago
When Wal-Mart came to town, some businesses went under. It has been proved that a big box discount store often destroys local mom-and-pop stores. Wal-Mart has even driven suppliers into bankruptcy with their volume. It's a sad truth. Chain groceries drove out local grocery stores. Big Box chains drive out local stores of several lines. Nothing paranoid. Just reality. If you don't believe me, shop at Rigg's next time you are downtown.
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 22 days ago
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Amorette Allison wrote:
When Wal-Mart came to town, some businesses went under. It has been proved that a big box discount store often destroys local mom-and-pop stores. Wal-Mart has even driven suppliers into bankruptcy with their volume. It's a sad truth. Chain groceries drove out local grocery stores. Big Box chains drive out local stores of several lines. Nothing paranoid. Just reality. If you don't believe me, shop at Rigg's next time you are downtown.


What you post was confusing. But I do agree with you.. all so when the C. R. P. program came along it also shut down a lot of small business too. Wasn't to long ago that where several farm equipment dealers around Miles City . And it also help killed a lot of smaller towns too.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+14652) 22 days ago
Finally, Jerry and I agree on an issue.

Let's repeal the CRP program.

All it is, is communism/socialism/welfare for farmers.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8419) 22 days ago
Anything that accelerates the APR is fine by me.
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 22 days ago
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Gunnar Emilsson wrote:
Finally, Jerry and I agree on an issue.

Let's repeal the CRP program.

All it is, is communism/socialism/welfare for farmers.


The farmer's back then we struggling . They had dry years and low prices on their products. Worked on farm that had a feed lot .almost went broke. We had wheat come in from other country's all so meets. So I will take offense on you're comment on the people who put food on you're table . They didn't Like it but they had too survive some how. At one time a farm could support a family. Not to day. Now next time you see the person that feeds you thank them. The first thing the communist do is get rid of the farmer's. When that happens you'll spend more time in a bread line the on here. And that's what socialism is all about .I didn't think that's still going on but I'll find out. As you see I do go on the defensive when it comes to caring and ranching

[Edited by Jerry e (7/22/2020 6:25:54 PM)]
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1005) 22 days ago
Um, 'socialism' would be (is) bailing out the farmer with taxpayer money. Do you have a problem with that?
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 22 days ago
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Steve Sullivan wrote:
Um, 'socialism' would be (is) bailing out the farmer with taxpayer money. Do you have a problem with that?

No you had the option to be in the program or not. Socialism is when they take your property or business away and then it's run by the government. Now they did bail out the auto maker's . Ford didn't .
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Posted by Shu Pius (+1764) 22 days ago
Reply to Amorette Allison (#380274)
Amorette Allison wrote:
When Wal-Mart came to town, some businesses went under. It has been proved that a big box discount store often destroys local mom-and-pop stores. Wal-Mart has even driven suppliers into bankruptcy with their volume. It's a sad truth. Chain groceries drove out local grocery stores. Big Box chains drive out local stores of several lines. Nothing paranoid. Just reality. If you don't believe me, shop at Rigg's next time you are downtown.


I do remember feeling very sad when Riggs closed...that was close to a decade ago, I believe. Big box retailers coming to town is a factor in causing mom and pop small businesses to dry up and close, but there are other factors, as well. In the case of Riggs, the arrival of digital cameras had people suddenly printing all their photos on their computers at home or else just storing them on their computers and not printing them at all, so they didn't need Riggs to print their photos anymore.

Many big businesses also have online means of shopping: Amazon, Target, and Walmart websites being some of the big ones. Online shopping methods have also hurt the mom and pops. These methods have also hurt some of the big department store franchises: Sears and K-Mart have filed for bankruptcy and gone away. JC Penney announced in recent months that they are doing the same. The pandemic was the last straw for them.

Makes me wonder: how much longer is Reynold's grocery on Valley Drive East going to last? My parents live close to that and do most of their grocery shopping there. If that closes, they'll have only Wal-Mart and Albertsons to go to.
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Posted by cubby (+2564) 22 days ago
Reynolds is always busy, don't see them closing their doors anytime soon.
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Posted by tom regan (+1465) 22 days ago
Reply to Jerry e (#380281)
Jerry e wrote:
Steve Sullivan wrote:
Um, 'socialism' would be (is) bailing out the farmer with taxpayer money. Do you have a problem with that?

No you had the option to be in the program or not. Socialism is when they take your property or business away and then it's run by the government. Now they did bail out the auto maker's . Ford didn't .


Socialism is any instance where tax funds are used for financial assistance, or to provide goods and services to citizens. Examples include: child tax credits, farmers subsidies, tax cuts for billionaires and corporations, public roads, municipal water supply, sewer service and the sewage treatment plant, medicare, medicaid, public education, SNAP, COVID Testing at the state lab, federally subsidized student loans, and on and on. America is a massive socialist country. I can't understand why conservatives don't understand this. Any why many conservatives, who utilize and benefit from socialism on a daily basis to support their way of life, would like to end it.

Walmart is a massive recipient of socialism. By not paying their employees a decent wage and providing benefits, many need to go on public assistance to make ends meet. Custer County citizens are subsidizing Walmarts profits through the taxes they pay, to provide public assistance to Walmart employees.
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1005) 21 days ago
Reply to Jerry e (#380281)
Jerry e wrote:
Steve Sullivan wrote:
Um, 'socialism' would be (is) bailing out the farmer with taxpayer money. Do you have a problem with that?

No you had the option to be in the program or not. Socialism is when they take your property or business away and then it's run by the government. Now they did bail out the auto maker's . Ford didn't .


Just as I thought. You really don't know what democratic socialism is. Might just want to sit this one out because your lack of understanding prevents you from having a knowledgeable discussion.
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 21 days ago
Reply to Steve Sullivan (#380286)
Steve Sullivan wrote:
Jerry e wrote:
Steve Sullivan wrote:
Um, 'socialism' would be (is) bailing out the farmer with taxpayer money. Do you have a problem with that?

No you had the option to be in the program or not. Socialism is when they take your property or business away and then it's run by the government. Now they did bail out the auto maker's . Ford didn't .


Just as I thought. You really don't know what democratic socialism is. Might just want to sit this one out because your lack of understanding prevents you from having a knowledgeable discussion.


Democratic socialism. That does go hand and hand with communism. Looks like you're the one that's lack what true socialism is all about.
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 21 days ago
Reply to Shu Pius (#380282)
Shu Pius wrote:
Amorette Allison wrote:
When Wal-Mart came to town, some businesses went under. It has been proved that a big box discount store often destroys local mom-and-pop stores. Wal-Mart has even driven suppliers into bankruptcy with their volume. It's a sad truth. Chain groceries drove out local grocery stores. Big Box chains drive out local stores of several lines. Nothing paranoid. Just reality. If you don't believe me, shop at Rigg's next time you are downtown.


I do remember feeling very sad when Riggs closed...that was close to a decade ago, I believe. Big box retailers coming to town is a factor in causing mom and pop small businesses to dry up and close, but there are other factors, as well. In the case of Riggs, the arrival of digital cameras had people suddenly printing all their photos on their computers at home or else just storing them on their computers and not printing them at all, so they didn't need Riggs to print their photos anymore.

Many big businesses also have online means of shopping: Amazon, Target, and Walmart websites being some of the big ones. Online shopping methods have also hurt the mom and pops. These methods have also hurt some of the big department store franchises: Sears and K-Mart have filed for bankruptcy and gone away. JC Penney announced in recent months that they are doing the same. The pandemic was the last straw for them.

Makes me wonder: how much longer is Reynold's grocery on Valley Drive East going to last? My parents live close to that and do most of their grocery shopping there. If that closes, they'll have only Wal-Mart and Albertsons to go to.

Reynolds was the only store mom would shop at. They always have loyal customers
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1005) 20 days ago
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Jerry e wrote:

Democratic socialism. That does go hand and hand with communism. Looks like you're the one that's lack what true socialism is all about.


Here ya go bright boy. If you use anything on this list then you are participating in socialism. Welcome to communist America.

https://www.dailykos.com/...ed-America
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Posted by Jerry e (+116) 19 days ago
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Steve Sullivan wrote:
Jerry e wrote:

Democratic socialism. That does go hand and hand with communism. Looks like you're the one that's lack what true socialism is all about.


Here ya go bright boy. If you use anything on this list then you are participating in socialism. Welcome to communist America.

https://www.dailykos.com/...ed-America


Well let's get rid of all government program then. I did reread what was written. What was based on taxes. Which,we all pay in .that's how the federal state and local governments run by with tax money . Now do you call that Which has nothing to do with socialism. Now when the government takes over state and local governments. Then now you can call that socialism. Now all they have to do is divide us (which is happening no ) wanting to defunding the police forces. (What they are wanting to do.) Creating a panic threw the country ( which there doing with the covid virus) So socialism is really getting a good start. You should go back and read. you're history . The hope you might figure it out?

[Edited by Jerry e (7/25/2020 3:12:48 PM)]
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Posted by TheDude (+389) 18 days ago
"creating a panic throughout the country[which they're doing with the covid virus"
I dont think anybody has had to create a panic about Covid-19..the virus is doing a pretty good job of that on its own.I realize that your hero King Trump has repeatedly downplayed the virus,but statistics are hard to ignore.Even if you think the statistics are all skewed,just look at Phoenix.Their ICUs are so full that they are having to choose which patients to keep or just send home to die.And no,thats not "Fake News",that is the truth.To all the people that still say its a hoax,its no worse than the flu...etc....I truly hope you dont ever have to find out firsthand that the virus is real....like the 40 year old mother of three,previously totally healthy...that died alone gasping for the next breath....
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Posted by jimdeastfork (+96) 17 days ago
We live about half way to Spearfish, SD and still love to shop at Reynolds every opportunity that we get, almost weekly. The produce department does a super job with presenting quality product at very competitive prices.

However, I have begun to feel somewhat annoyed when the weekly ads include "special offers" for members of their new little club. In other words it seems that I must have a smart phone, not a military grade flip phone, in order to receive all the best values. I am not a fan of "clubs" which basically track my shopping habits and then make me play the club game to get the same prices as someone who is gleefully loving their smart phone and are totally "connected" with the newest and best in electronic media. If I wanted to play games and use a smart phone I would probably have been doing more shopping at Safeway and Albertson's.

Until recently it seemed as if Reynolds was doing really well by following part of the WalMart model. Neither were directly tracking me except maybe indirectly when it was time to restock the shelves. They relied upon printed sale offers both online and in print to very successfully get me into their stores and get me to feel like I was getting the biggest bang for my buck.

But now, without a "smart" phone, I feel like a second class customer. This is not a good thing for any retailer who intends to keep their existing customers.
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