Citizen gives reasons to deny business
June 13, 2019
To The Eagle:
I would like to point out why Dollar General should not be allowed to come into our community. Namely Factor #3 of the SEPA checklist that was overlooked by the Bureau of Planning, which is stimulate public health and welfare.
#1 Dollar General threatens the viability of the existing community and threatens locally owned business, property values, and the ability of Cathlamet to attract new residents and small businesses.
#2 They have a poor concern for workers by paying far below prevailing wages and taxpayers are forced to subsidize this low pay through social programs.
#3 Known for their high crime rate and litter they have a policy to not pay for private security and this puts an extra burden on our local sheriff’s office.
#4 It is ranked fourth as the worst company in America to work for.
#5 Negative impact on the public health and welfare by offering low-quality processed food products proven to contribute to obesity, diabetes and general poor health.
#6 Dollar General brings to a community a stigma that is associated with low income and crime that targets a certain demographic.
Dollar General’s rights end when they encroach on the rights and welfare of the existing residences, business owners and the community of Cathlamet.