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Showing 9 articles from November 30, 2007.

Editorials

Wal-Mart as the Borg: Resistance is Futile

 

This Wal-Mart is the Borg.

In name only is Wal-Mart an American company. In practice, Wal-Mart is a global conglomerate of interlocking world suppliers and vendors, forced to cut costs each year by using inferior ingredients and almost slave labor. Wal-Mart is a global corporation that reaches out for global domination of the marketplace.

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Community and Regional News

Land Use in One Small Town - a Graphic
Where does a small town get its income when 70% of the Central Business District is not income producing? Here's a graphic of downtown Clinton, a typical small West Kentucky town, showing land use.
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Grand Rivers Celebrates the Season

Grand Rivers is a town made for Christmas. It is the Mighty Mite of tourism and local celebrations. Kim Kraemer of the Grand Rivers Tourism Commission sent out her newsletter today of December events. We share them here with you. For more information, visit their website. 

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Iowa Study on the Effect of Wal-Mart on Small Towns
Iowa Study on the Effect of Wal-Mart on Small Towns
In a study looking at the impact of Wal-Mart on rural Iowa, over more than a ten year period, Iowa State University professor, Dr. Kenneth E. Stone, came up with some unhappy statistics for towns without a Wal-Mart. Even towns with a Wal-Mart see small businesses suffer when a larger store locates nearby.
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Black Friday Gold Rush
At 4:00 a.m. on Friday November 23rd, the young, the bold, and the bargain hunters rushed the doors of Best Buy, Kohl’s and J. C. Penney’s to secure the first treasures of the 2007 Christmas shopping season. Many of these shoppers had been camping out in Paducah for hours in the cold waiting their chance to make the run into the bargain tables before anyone else.
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Cyber Monday
Shoppers jammed the Internet on the first Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday to spend a record $733 million online for gifts. This day marked the official start of the holiday season for online retailers. The online research firm, ComScore Inc. reported that this season’s Cyber Monday sales of $733 million was a 21 % gain from the same day a year ago.
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West Kentucky Wal-Mart Locations
West Kentucky Wal-Mart Locations
Considering the Iowa Study, where are the Wal-Marts in West Kentucky?
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Wal-Mart Facts

At 45, Wal-Mart is now middle aged. With sales of $345 billion last year in 5,779 stores in 13 countries, Wal-Mart employs 1.9 million people. Walmart has the clout to dictate prices and package design to giant suppliers like Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup and Dell which rely on Wal-Mart's stores as one of their biggest, if not the biggest, distribution channel.

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Money Well Spent? Kentucky Gives Wal-Mart Over 43 Million Dollars Over Past Twelve Years

Over the past twelve years, the state of Kentucky has given Wal-Mart over 43 million dollars in economic development incentives.

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