Dear Mr. President:
We were surprised and disappointed with your choice of venue when we heard your speech from Amazon. Chuck and Dee Robinson of Village Books, genuine job creators and strong community supporters, expressed our concerns very well in a message advising readers, excerpted below.
1. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.
2. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
3. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy:.. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Please do something to counteract the impression that you care more for predatory large corporations than you do the real job creators–small business.
You may remember us as volunteers with the neighborhood team from the most northwestern county of the most northwestern state when we had our photo taken with you in Bellevue, February 2012. We cherish that experience and photo.
Ruth Higgins and Al Krause