Archive for the 'Southern U.S.' Category

FUDGE TEST SCORES OR GO WORK AT WALMART…

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

That threat, issued by an Atlanta Elementary School principal, is all but Dickensian workhousesque. If teachers couldn’t meet high standards for student performance, “Walmart’s always hiring,” former Dobbs Elementary School principal Dana Evans told her teachers, according to testimony in the Atlanta schools test-cheating trial today. The suggestion made her feel “disposable,” former Dobbs teacher […]

REALLY MARK? REALLY…?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One refuge of the innumerate is the tired phrase: there are lies, damn lies and statistics. The headline reads: What Illinois Can Learn from Texas About Wal-Mart and offers a dramatic chart reporting: Employment: Texas vs. Illinois, Jan. 1995 to Apr. 2010. You might expect a story about comparisons of public economic policy in Texas […]

WELCOME TO THE REPUBLIC OF WALMART…

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

For many reasons, in many arenas, Texas stands alone among the 50 United States of America. As goes Texas, so goes the nation holds more true than those of us in the rest of the country feel comfortable contemplating. Now we’ve got one more reason to toss and turn. From The Dallas Morning News: In […]

For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

We don’t usually engage in discussing partisan politics on this site (there are certainly enough other places for anyone interested), but the recent election results have spawned a number of discussions of demographic and other socio-economic factors. The headline above refers to one such story in the NY Times: What may have ended on Election […]

HOW MANY BEDS CAN YOU FIT IN A WAL-MART…?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I’ve written previously about abandoned Wal-Marts being put to higher uses. I used to think the conversion to a health center was the height of irony, but the plans for the Ville Platte, Louisiana, Wal-Mart seriously tops that use. From KLFY: It’s hard to imagine but thousands of people could be living inside an old […]

PICKLES, TOILET PAPER, CHIPS AND LAND…?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Wal-Mart has long leased space to optometrists and not to long ago began doing the same for certain health care services, but Octavian Dobos wants to take Wal-Mart to a whole other realm: real estate by opening the first real estate office in a Wal-Mart. From The Arizona Star: Metro North Realty opened a branch […]

A STRANGE NIMBY TWIST…

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

The Not-In-My-Back-Yard phenomenon is common when Wal-Mart comes to town, but there’s a different take happening in North Lauderdale, Florida. The Wal-Mart there can’t find businesses that want to be next to it. From the South Florida Sun Sentinel: Wal-Mart officials reportedly have told city staff that they haven’t had any luck finding restaurants and […]

IT’S JUST ONE SUPERMARKET…”

Monday, July 16th, 2007

I read a lot of Southern writers because I find their voice authentic. Lately I’ve been noticing Wal-Mart showing up more and more in Southern fiction. And what the authors have to say ain’t pretty. Like this passage from Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon: “Went by Big Paul’s Pantry, too. I walked in there and […]

THIS WILL MAKE YOUR JAW DROP…

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Yesterday morning a new Wal-Mart opened in the town of Millbrook, Alabama. The Stanhope Elmore High School band and cheerleaders performed for the crowd in preparation for the 8 a.m. opening. There was a pledge of allegiance, a singing of the national anthem… and an invocation for the 500 people waiting outside to shop. A […]

WALLOPING WAL-MART…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

I have long and repeatedly made the case that Wal-Mart is not a retail juggernaut. Smart business people with vision are quite capable to taking on the Bentonvile Behemoth and taking it down as the case of Publix illustrates. From Blogging Stocks: The privately-held Publix had sales of over $21 billion in 2006 and has […]

Shop at Wal-Mart? Watch out for the snakes.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

In the past, we’ve told you about accidents befalling customers at Wal-Mart. Here’s a new kind of accident: You’ve heard of snakes on a plane. But what about snakes at the Wal-Mart? A Rockledge man bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake demanded Thursday that the retail giant do something to protect customers from the poisonous reptiles […]

MORE HEALTH CARE CLINICS AT WAL-MART…

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Starting tomorrow, Wal-Mart shoppers in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi will be able to buy that supersized bag of double-cheddar cheese potato chips and stop in to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked at one of 14 CheckUp in-store clinics. According to The Birmingham News this morning: The walk-in clinics are scheduled to open in […]

“Wal-Mart Abuses Female Employees”

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

There’s a convincing piece in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer today with the same title as this post: It isn’t just that Wal-Mart doesn’t pay a living wage; it’s that they pay women even less than men in the same positions. Women make up more than 70 percent of Wal-Mart’s hourly employees but less than one-third of […]

IF THEY VOTE THIS WAY ON TUESDAY…

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Wal Mart’s voter education plan may have taken a twist that it never intended. While the Bentonvile behemoth thought it would educate it’s 1.4 million associates in the United States, it now looks like its shopper base is getting the real education. From The Chicago Tribune: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, faces a […]

SAVING THE TORTOISES…

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Last December Jonathan brought us the story about Wal Mart’s purchase of a $22,628 permit to pave over the burrows of five endangered gopher tortoises in North Palm Beasch County, Florida. The news out of Florida this morning is good. From The Associated Press: Last month, as local opposition to the proposed store heated up, […]