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I really liked the Wal Mart story because I remember hearing about this a few years ago.  I was really surprised to find out that most of their workers are females.  I would really like to know why they make up the majority.  It is really upsetting to find out that Wal Mart is so successful because they don’t pay their workers enough money and they pressure their suppliers into giving them their merchandise for a cheaper price.  It’s terrible that most of their workers don’t make enough money so they are forced to rely on food stamps or that a company as successful as Wal Mart doesn’t have a health plan for all of their workers.

I’m really happy that St. Petersburg, Florida was able to stop a Wal Mart from being built on the wetlands, but I would have liked for the focus to have been on the conditions for the workers because that’s where it seemed like the chapter was heading.  It was really nice to see that a town had enough power to stop such a giant and well known corporation like Wal Mart.

I would like to ask Eesha Williams why the radio seems to be friendlier to local causes than newspapers.  In a lot of the stories he mentioned that the radio played a huge part in supporting local causes.  Why are newspapers more reluctant to support local causes than radio programs?

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  1. Kathleen
    November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Good post, Olivia and great question. I thought it was interesting to hear Eesha’s answer in class on Thursday. Definitely supports a lot of the Free Press ideals, I think.

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