Friday, February 4, 2011

Wal-Mart Good for Galt? (#9; due Wednesday)

A Sacramento Superior Court (using judicial review) recently ruled that the city of Galt can continue to move forward with the construction of a 133,000 square foot Wal-Mart. The court
ruled that the environmental documents necessary for such a project do not need to be revisited. There still are other hurdles the company and city need to overcome before Wal-Mart becomes official but estimates now put ground breaking sometime around spring 2012.

Naturally, there are many trade-offs and opportunity costs associated with the establishment of a Wal-Mart in Galt. How will it impact pollution, traffic and property values? Will other local businesses suffer? Will the tax revenue that Wal-Mart brings in be worth the costs? How many jobs will this create and will they be good jobs?

On another level, we see the role of local government: our federal system allows for local decisions to be made by local governments, in this case the Galt City Council. Is the Council making a wise decision?

What are your thoughts on the very real possibility that Wal-Mart may soon be part of the Galt scene?

127 comments:

  1. Having Walmart in Galt will bring in lots of tax revenue and also employ lots of people. Currently, Galt does not sell many goods that people in Galt need, and so people travel outside of Galt to spend their money. If these goods were available to people at our own local Walmart, we could keep the money in our city and it could go towards schools and parks, which are nice :)

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  2. I believe that having a Wal Mart will bring alot of jobs to the city. This will also make galt a more convient place to live at. I agree with Hailey we should really keep the money in our towns so that it could go towards our schools and parks so galt can also be a better place.I think having a Wal Mart is a great idea.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Government
    Period 2

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  3. TRUTH. I THINK THAT WAL-MART WILL CREATE GOOD JOBS BECAUSE REAL TALK GALT IS GROWING AND EXPANDING. IT MAY HURT OTHER STORES NEAR IT BECAUSE INSTEAD OF SHOPPING THERE THEY DECIDE TO GO TO WAL-MART.I THINK IT MAY BE A REASON TO MOVE TO GALT ALSO BECAUSE ITS LITTLE BUT IT HAS BIG STORES. IS THIS A SIGN THAT GALT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW? PERSONALLY I LOVE WALMART ITS CHEAP AND YOU CAN FIND PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING SO ITS CONVINIENT. I WOULD LIKE A WAL-MART IN GALT.

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  4. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5February 5, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    i am sort of split on the decision. i think walmart will bring more jobs for the people here which is good. i also think that walmart's cheap prices is a huge benefit for us. it is also a good idea because everyone coming from other cities are paying the city of galt with their taxes of things they buy. here are the bad things that walmart brings though. now that walmart will be in galt, the twin cities side is going to be packed. it is going to take even longer to get over the overpass on that side. also, the other stores around walmart will decline in production because of the low prices at walmart. so there are good and bad things that walmart brings with it in my opinion.

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  5. To be honest, I always think it's kind of silly when people say that a Walmart in Galt will hurt local business. I would like to ask, What business? What does Walmart sell that Mom and Pop stores in Galt sell? Clothes? Nope, there are no clothing stores in Galt other than a couple of thrift stores, but if you want something new, you have to go to Elk Grove. Books? Nope, there are no book stores in Galt. Go to Elk Grove. Thinking on it, the only non chain stores I think even exist in Galt are the thrift stores, some confection shops, food joints, and other things that are more specialty. So, for example, the choclate shop that recently opened in Galt: if you normally bought chocolate from that shop and a Walmart moved in, would you start buying Chocolate at Walmart instead? No. If price and convenience were so important to you, you wouldn't be shopping at the chocolate shop anyway, your business for chocolate would be at Raleys or SafeWay, buying packaged chocolates. You're going there because you like fresh hand made chocolates. Walmart isn't going to change that.
    So, while I really hate even walking into Walmart, I am not opposed to one in Galt, as it will bring in more jobs and keep money in town.

    Sasha Schotzko-Harris
    Bauer 1

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  6. Walmart would be great for the community in many ways. It would create many jobs for Galtonians and make it convenient to buy goods. The tax revenue that walmart would put out will be good as the money would circulate the community and, ultimately, help the economy out.

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  7. I've actually stopped shopping at Wal-Mart for the most part and prefer Target for all my shopping needs, but I think that a Wal-Mart in Galt could benefit a lot of people. Wal-Mart offers a lot of items that are not sold in Galt, and a lot of jobs which is always a good thing. It's about time we have a store like Wal-Mart because all Galt has to really offer is fast food. The only thing I have a problem with is the location of the Wal-Mart. I heard a while ago that they may put it on Twin Cities. That would really bother me. It's hard enough to get through traffic on Twin Cities in the morning and during rush hour, let alone if there were a Wal-Mart there competing with Raleys. I like the idea of a Wal-Mart, but I really hope they choose a better location for the people that live on or near Twin Cities and want to maintain a less hectic place to live. Bauer/ Sloan

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  8. sasha summed up everything i was going to say, good jobs, more money for city, yeah.

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  9. I do not wish that a Walmart was in Galt, I personally prefer Target much more. Yes a Walmart would create jobs and offer a variety of items that are not currently available. However, a Walmart would hurt business for stores such as Raley's and small stores in Galt. This would bring more people to Galt and Galt will no longer be considered the small town that it is today and has been. I hope the City council chooses not to allow Walmart to be built. Sloan p.3

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  10. Emily Staab Bauer Per 2February 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I think there are pros and cons of Wal- Mart coming to town. Yes there will be more jobs and better tax revenue. But there will be more traffic than there already is. I think local businesses, like Savemart or RiteAid or Raley's, would suffer. I don't think we need a Wal- Mart. There is one 20 minutes away in elk grove and lodi. Why would people from lodi or elk grove come to galt if they have a Wal- Mart a mile away?

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  11. claudia period 5 mr.sloanFebruary 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    i think having a wal-mart in galt would be a good decision because many people need a job and that wal-mart would bring alot of good jobs...i dont live in galt but this walmart would be closer than going to lodi's wal-mart....

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  12. I believe that Galt is in need of a walmart, it makes life much easier to have one near by. I agree with other posts that jobs would come much easier and keep the economy flowing better. So our schools can be upgraded.

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  13. Michael Freeman Per 5 SloanFebruary 6, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I believe that wallmart can and will bring in a lot of dead end jobs that would be perfect for a teenager, but will be probably filled with middle age to older age people. I would love a wallmart to be right down the street from me, because this is Galt, enough said. Although I would like one to be put in, I can see and understand what walmarts do to community's. They bring the end to all mom and pop shops, and galt is filled with them. They will make galt into a commercialism area that will have people buying walmart brand items. It just generally could sink most of what galt already is.

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  14. I really think that walmart shouldn't be in Galt. It's a fairly small town and for a big store like walmart to be here could make the town overcrowded. Yeah its good for people to get employed but it will also leave other small businesses without any customers. I think the City council is making a wrong move and should just save the money for something else.

    Adilene Vazquez
    Sloan period onee

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  15. Walmart would be perfectly fine for galt, but look ugly. I am not one for the poor aesthetics of box stores such as walmart. I would much rather there be a better looking shoping mall there than a walmart. But oh well. It will lend more jobs for the community and bring in some revenue for parks and the city i general, so this walmart is a great idea.

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  16. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1February 6, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Walmart woud be wonderful for Galt in terms of convenience and local economics. However, I will not be shopping at any Walmart because I know the high cost of those low prices.

    http://winningargument.blogspot.com/2004/06/wal-mart-is-bad-for-america.html

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  17. Walmart would create a lot of jobs in Galt, which is crucial since Galt has an unemployment rate that is much higher than Elk Grove or Sacramento. It would be convenient to not have to drive to Lodi or Elk Grove to do shopping as well, even though many people might still shop in Lodi or Elk Grove. However, the new mega store would definitely hurt the local businesses and shopping centers that already exist in Galt such as Savemart and Raley's, and it might even push them away. I think overall it is bad for Galt, because our town does not need another business focused on retail and consumption. Galt has plenty of stores. A better source of jobs and revenue would be a business that produces goods and sells them to communities other than Galt, so that existing stores would not be hurt and the new business would not be dependent solely on demand from people in Galt, as a Walmart would.
    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 2

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  18. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1February 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    To be honest, I really hate Walmart so I, personally, hate that one is going to be built in Galt. That being said, it could be beneficial to the town. Many more jobs will be created and if they use newer models of machines they might need, pollution shouldn't be a huge problem. However, I live somewhat close to Twin Cities, near the plot of land the Walmart is supposed to be built on...I'm not looking forward to the new Twin Cities traffic. The overpass is already a problem; imagine what a Walmart would do to that! The land they're going to use backs up to residential developments on two sides. Good luck selling those houses. Property value could go down tremendously for homes around the Walmart. The only stores I see losing customers are Raley's and Savemart because Walmart has some of the same things at a cheaper price. Overall, I'm not happy about a Walmart being put in Galt.

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  19. Having a Wal-Mart in Galt can have its' pros and cons like many of my classmates have shown, but in my opinion I think it would be better to just keep things the way they are. Yes, Wal-Mart will bring more jobs to our community, but it will also take away the jobs of people who work at CVS, Rite Aid, or even Raleys and Save Mart. Since Wal-Mart can supply all the groceries and needs that these stores supply at lower prices, people are going to start shopping at Wal-Mart instead of stores like we have. To be honest though I can care less what happens because I'm going off to college anyway.haha.

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  20. amanda Eckroth
    per.1
    sloan
    i think an walmart in galt.. is not needed becuase there is a walmart in lodi and in elk grove so it will e better for galt if we dont get one in our sity or the taxes will go up for our city and that will not be good

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  21. I believe having a Wal-Mart in Galt will do more harm than good because many local buisnesses will be destroyed and Galt will lose its small town charm. Also the jobs Wal-Mart will create won't be as good as the ones from local buisnesses.

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  22. I think Wal-Mart coming to Galt is a good idea because if you need something you can always run to it and get it. It would be more closer and It will Also create Jobs. We don't have to travel to some other city and get something and waste time and gas. So, I think it's a good Idea.
    Sania Bacha
    Bauer, P3

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  23. I think that having a Wal-Mart here in galt would save us so much time. Insted of having to go to Lodi or Elk grove it would be easier to cross to the other side of town to get what we need. Sure thers going to be more tax revenues bt if we do get it would be worth it.
    Monica Salazar
    Mr. Slaon
    p4

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  24. I think a Wal-Mart in Galt has its pros and cons. Yeah it would create more jobs and we would not have to drive to Elk Grove or Lodi. It would be more convenient. But on the other hand there would be so much traffic and i don't know if i want to deal with that. The other stores would probably have less customers due to Wal-Mart.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  25. Bringing a Wal-Mart to Galt isn't a bad idea because more people in town would get jobs. I also think it's a great idea because many of us won't have to go to Elk Grove or Lodi to do the shopping. The stores we have now may become less popular but people still go to other Wal-Marts to buy what they need. But it would be better to have the Wal-Mart in Galt so the community can save more money.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr. Bauer
    Per: 2

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  26. i believe that walmart is evil, it has too much of everything at too low prices, who can compete.
    vern iniguez
    SLOAN
    P1

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  27. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2February 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    In terms of the new Wal-mart, I believe that there will be a population increase as well as a traffic increase due to the citizens of neighboring cities who wish to shop. The new wal-mart could also harm the environment in terms of pollution and the fact that people fail to clean up after themselves. Citzens in Galt will also have to deal with a lot of cars passing through the streets of their calm neighborhoods. Yes, other local businesses will suffer because it will forever be an issue of competition. The only posative thing about the new store is the fact that jobs will be created and it might stimulate the economy for a while. Personally, I don't see the need for a wal-mart, whoever suggested the idea didn't take certain things into consideration

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  28. Theres good and bad about walmart being built in galt.Its good because there will be jobs,and galt people dont have to travel far to go to a walmart.Im shure that the other store in town will suffer from this because they will find better prices in walmart and they will lose customers.Also there would be alot of traffic and pollution so thats not good.

    tania hinojosa
    P5 SLOAN

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  29. I actually like the idea of the wal mart in galt. the new business could and probably will put old businesses out of work. Wal Mart in galt is going to create bigger problems with traffic. i dont really know about the pollution problem, but there will definitaley be a bigger traffic problem. the Wal Mart will bring new jobs to our town and possibly expand our population in this little town. All the jobs that are lost will be kinda evened out by the jobs created from Wal Mart.
    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  30. I like the idea of a walmart in galt.it would give people jobs, give the city more money plus its just a more convenient way of getting anything you need 24 hours a day (instead of going to lodi or elk grove)..I also think that pollution would go up as well as traffic in that area.soon the city will want to build a bigger bridge for the offramp off of 99 to twin cities, which would cost millions of dollars.
    Jose Alvarez p4 Sloan

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  31. I believe that bringing wal mart to galt, can be a plus and a minus. Wal mart will open jobs for individuals, but will also change our town, i don't believe we will stay a small cow town, because more people will come to galt, and im not sure if galt is big enough to handle more people. But it will be nice not having to drive to elk grove, stockton, ot lodi for some individuals that shop at wal mart.

    Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per.5

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  32. Abe Madrigal per 1February 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    I think that is an excellent idea to build a Wal-Mart in the city of Galt. There are going to be more jobs for the people that live there. Another advantage is that we would not have to dive all the way to Lodi to buy goods that we need. I think that there are also some negatives to this. I think that local business are going to suffer because they are going to have to lower their prices for the consumers so they could be able to sell their products.

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  33. Margarita Flores per.5 Mr.BauerFebruary 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Walmart being in Galt is a good thing only because now we don't have to go to another city and waste gas, because it would be closer now i really don't think people from Elk Grove or Lodi would come to the Galt in Lodi but if the do they would be paying taxes, and that would be money for us. anther reason is that more jobs would be available and that is really needed now in days.

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  34. It will be economically beneficial for Galt to build the Walmart because consumers will spend their money in Galt insead of at other Walmarts. On the other hand, there are too many of these stores out there. If Walmarts continue to be built, there will eventually be one in every city, which would be sad for many reasons.

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  35. I think that it is a good idea that we are getting a Wal-Mart. I concur with Sasha that i don't really think it will affect other stores because really, what other stores sell t.v.s, i-pods, clothes, fish, idk etc. Revenue could help make schools like galt high be more efficient and maybe even look nicer with the money it could make. I think that this should definately happen.

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  36. A Walmart in Galt would really benefit the city. It will bring in lots of tax revenue. Along with tax revenue it would also create a lot of new jobs employing lots of new people.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  37. Ashley Parker, Bauer P2February 7, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Having Wal-Mart in Galt will give money,and more jobs to the community. But their will be more burglarys, and crimes happening. It sucks even more for my parents since we live right down the street it'll be made on. There will be a lot of traffic and it'll be hobo central. What has Galt come to? The city counsil made a good decision for jobs, but horrible for the communitys safety.

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  38. I agree with Sasha to an extent. There really isn't many job opportunities in Galt. Wal-mart to me has it's pros and cons. It will bring more jobs and for people who perfer Wal-mart they won't have to go all the way to Elk Grove or Lodi. So thats a plus. But for the negatives there's an abudence. It will make this town look trashy. Jus saying, don't quote this, but it very well may rise crime like shoplifting or robbing. Just a possibility. And the traffic would be crazy. I mean maybe Wal- mart would be a good thing but I won't be surprised if it is a horrible idea. Wal-mart in general is just gross haha

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  39. If Wal-Mart comes in a little city like Galt, it could be for the good or for the worst. The jobs would be good, the income Galt would bring and the people, but the bad is Galt might be over run with people in the area.

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  40. I believe that the desicions of building a walmart in galt can go both ways. Its gud because it'll bring more money n jobz for the community. However it'll also bring ppl from othr cities that might take those jobs from us! Is that really what we want our town takn over from ppl that arnt residents of this city. I dnt think so. Also it'lllead to so much more traffic n the walmart myt make other local stores close because walmart will be taking their customers.. also it'll lead to another mcdonalds. N what do they want? For galt to be fat? I think their are more negatives then postives n we shld think of our community n our residents rather then big corporations. In times of recession its nore of a time to be selfish

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  41. Maria Perez
    Sloan Per:4

    I believe that the Wal-Mart in the city of Galt would be a good idea aside from the negative points. A Wal-Mart in Galt, would be a big help for many because some shop at Wal-Mart and they have to drive all the way to Lodi, or Elk Grove, and having one in our own city would help a lot. The Wal-Mart in Galt would also help because it would bring with it, new jobs. Some of the cons to the new Wal-Mart in Galt would be that more people will be coming to Galt to the Wal-Mart from near by cities, like Herald, and/or Thornton, which will cause more traffic, other than the traffic that already builds up when it is school or it is flea market days. Other cons to the new store would be that other stores in Galt won't be as successful in selling as much. The new Wal-Mart may also lead people to robbery.

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  42. I honestly don't have a preference for whether it gets built or not. If it gets built, cool i'm sure many people will like it. if it doesn't then people can still go to lodi or elk grove. Sloan per 1

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  43. Domino Jimenez, 5th, SloanFebruary 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    i believe a wall mart is much needed in galt. it will be easier for people to get what they need without having to travel far distances to get it. &it will also create much needed jobs for students looking for employment. It might put other small businesses out of work although, because of what Wall Mart has to offer at the prices they sell.

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  44. Hannah Engebretsen/Bauer P2February 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    The answer to this question is both a yes and a no. A yes because it ill create new and more jobs and cheaper items and goods. A no because there will be huge traffic on twin cities. And a larger crime and theft rate. Raleys will also have huge compitition with Walmart. If walmart ends up being finished on twin cities anytime soon, i hope they reconstruct the roads for more passage way for cars.

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  45. I hope we get one. I don't trust my jeep beyond Galt's city limit. I could actually drive to walmart and get what i need. Just two minutes ago i was thinking how i needed a new battery pack.

    It would bring in revenue and make more jobs.
    People complain about Walmart being evil and having terrible jobs, but it is better to have a bad job than no job.

    Caleb Newman

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  46. A Wal-Mart in Galt will be a convenience for Galt's townspeople. They should build a super Wal-Mart while they're at it instead of a regular Wal-Mart. Pros are more tourists, jobs, and convenience. Cons are increase in pollution, traffic, and property values. Local businesses are going to be in competition and will suffer depending. This decision is neither good or bad.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  47. I believe that the new Walmart will bring in lots of tax revenue and supply jobs that are badly needed in our city. The traffic will get worse and crime may go up in the area. But i think the money out ways the costs and that is coming from someone who lives next to the site.

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  48. I do not like the idea of a Walmart in Galt. It would cause small businesses to run out of business, insane traffic problems (the Flea Market traffic is already bad enough), & Walmart has been rumored to have bad treatment of employees. I do not think that a Walmart is necessary in Galt. Most of everything that is sold in that store can be found in the stores we already have. For example, food can be found in Save Mart or Raleys. Hair and makeup products for women can be found in CVS. The only thing Walmart would do would be taking away these stores' business.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  49. i think walmart would be good because all the other stores are way overpriced and walmart has everything for cheap. the only thing that would be bad is that it would become hella ghetto.

    mr.bauer p.3

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  50. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5February 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    I have a split opinion on this issue because there are both pros and cons. The pros are that cheap goods will be sold closer to home, there will be many new jobs created, and there will be tax revenue. The cons are the increased traffic problems, the loss of Galt's small town feel, and possibly an increase in crime, like others have already mentioned. The twin cities traffic does not affect me too much because I do not live on that side of town, but if I were to go to this Wal Mart, I would then have to deal with the traffic. If Wal Mart does appear in Galt, I hope the current businesses will be able to stay in business.

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  51. Mr. Bauer Period 4
    I think a walmart in galt is a bad idea. It will hurt the businesses currently in galt and drive them away. The Galt population is not increasing enough for there to be enough to share between Raley's and Save Mart. I believe there are other greater needs in galt than a WalMart.

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  52. katie frogue, sloan p1February 8, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I believe that having a Wal Mart will bring alot of jobs to the city. This will also make galt a more convient place to live at.I think it will bring more money to our city so that it could go towards our schools and parks so galt can also be a better place.I think having a Wal Mart is a great idea.

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  53. In my opinon the city of Galt needs a Wlmart. I think that a Walmart will show the growing city that Galt is. It will be a good thing for the public because now our community will not have to drive many fifteen to twenty minutes to Lodi. The Walmart will provide new jobs, and more opportunities for people.

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  54. theres always two views on everything, and having a walmart in galt is good and bad. Goodd for the people in need of jobs and necessities but unfortunatley this small town isnt so small anymore and it is getting bigger and bigger...that means more traffic. more accidents. and more of evrythingg!!!!!!

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  55. Veronica Andrade, Bauer, Period 5February 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    I really don't think we need a walmart in galt. Seriously we already have one in lodi and elk grove. The new wal mart is only going to bring us problems. Yes, there will be more jobs but way too much traffic. We get so much traffic tuesdays and wednesdays from the flea market, we don't need anymore.

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  56. Having a Wal-Mart in Galt would be good for revenue in that the store provides many supplies that are not accessible in Galt, therefore, a lot of money will be generated and that money could be used for good in our city. However, the creation of a Wal-Mart will also force many local businesses out of business for they simply cannot compete with the wholesale prices that Wal-Mart receives and gives its customers. Both good and bad things are going to happen if we get a Wal-Mart in Galt.

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  57. If Galt was to have a walmart it would bring alot of jobs to many people who need them. The bad thing is that more people would start coming to galt and traffic will increase also the number of burglaries. Mnay businesses will suffer also because everyone would be going to the walmart since they usually have lower prices.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Sloan

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  58. I personally don’t like the idea of a Wal-Mart in Galt. It’s going to bring more traffic to that side of town and I think it’s going to hurt other smaller businesses in Galt. It’s a small town, why try to create something bigger when many people come to live in Galt because of its "small-town" qualities.

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  59. I think having a wal mart in galt is a bad decisions. One because it is going to create huge traffic problems, we already have problems with the overpass in twin cities and now its going to be worst. Second because the city of Galt will increase in population which will change Galt from a small town to a overpopulated city.

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  60. Walmart will simply destroy the small town atmosphere of Galt and adversely affect the businesses that currently exist. Walmart must be stopped…
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  61. Spencer PellandiniFebruary 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Walmart would be a bad idea for Galt. It will create major traffic problems and worst of all it will push the mom and pop stores out of business. And it will take more farm land away.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan P.1

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  62. I think that walmart in Galt is a very bad idea. The traffic in Galt will increase immensely if a walmart were to open. The small businesses would lose MANY customers. Galt is very close to elk grove and lodi so i do not see the point of bringing a big store to galt. Whether walmart is built in Galt depends on how the people value their small town. In my opinion i would rather live in a small safe environment than a crowded, polluted city. Walmart will create many jobs but thats about the only upside i can think of. In the long run i believe it will hurt us more than anything else.

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  63. I think Wal-Mart would rack in the jobs and the business. People would flock to the store just because of the name. I think the average citizen would be pleased with the construction of this store because no longer would they have to travel out of town for their needs. Respectably taking the other side into consideration, I don't know that a new Wal-Mart would just decimate the small town atmosphere. Sure maybe the traffic would be a bit more hellish, but I think we'll still remain a great american little town.
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Per. 1

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  64. If Wal-Mart is built in Galt, it is possible that more traffic will fill the streets and cause Galt to be more like a city than the nice peaceful town it is right now. It most defenitely create jobs and harm other business around that sell similar items. The outcome may be bad, but it would save time to go to a place near the house than 15 or more minutes away. I would probably even go more often.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 1

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  65. A Walmart in Galt has its pros and cons. The positive effects include more products will be available and now consumers don't have to go as far to shop at the closest Walmart. Some of the negative effects would be that small local businesses would be losing consumers as a result. Walmart could create a lot of revenue from this. It also would create heavy traffic in Galt. At this point the council's decision is indeterminable until it is built and we see what effects Walmart has in our city.

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  66. Walmart would do absolutely no good for the economy in Galt. Walmart is an evil coorporation that must be stopped. This is one of the important reasons why, after college, I plan on running for Galt city council, so that I can fight for Galt. Walmart is not good for our economy because it will shut down many small buisnesses, and thus eliminate many jobs. Also why would anyone want a Walmart? Sure things are cheap there, but if you look at the quality you can really tell why the goods are so cheap. As a Galt city council member, I will fight for better stores such as Target or Costco. These are the reasons why we shouldn't have a Walmart and why you should vote Oshalim!
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  67. I have not made up my mind about whether or not a Walmart is built in Galt. A walmart will most likely cause heavier trafffic and it will take awy business from other establishments.However, Walmart will also bring in tax revenue and jobs; but then again, if other shops are losing business then won't Galt also lose some tax revenue??and if other shops have less business won't they cut back on employees?? So walmart maybe Galt will not gain that much revenue or jobs; the benefits of walmart would therefore not be as great, if there is even any gains. This issue is very complex.

    Omar Hoyos

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  68. John Skinner
    Mr. Sloan P.4


    No, just NO! i do not want a Wal-Mart in Galt! sure, i'd enjoy the job opportunities, and we all know we need them. But i hate TRAFFIC!!! SO NO WAL-MART!


    Open a target instead :)

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  69. Gabriel Mabalot bauer 4February 8, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    it all depends on the direction Galt wants to go. the current direction doesnt calls for a need for a walmart, but its convenient and what amrca wants. galt is no longer the small, one-high school, know your neighbor, west side of freeway, galt frostie, no major chain store type of town. its growing and the people are growing and even though we dont NEED a walmart, its convenient and will bring them revenue, which is what they want. its what any business wants, expansion. walmart coming to galt is just them doing their amrcan dream. the most galt can do now is just not stop there...but we will.

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  70. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P.1)February 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    I believe that a walmart in galt is a great idea. first i think that save mart and other local stores would lose some customers, but it shouldnt be a big problem. It would also increase the value of our home in the community. The cost might just be that a bit more traffic will be seen.

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  71. I have no problem with a Walmart in Galt, it's about time we get something in town so I don't have to embark on an epic exodus to buy competitively priced copy paper. It will bring jobs and revenue this town duly needs, but if Galt is to have a Walmart they need to plan better what is going to happen to the increasingly neglected west side of Galt? You know people live over here too.

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  72. There are many bad things you could say about having a walmart in galt, but to look on the bright side of things, i will name a few positive effects. More people in Galt will be employed. Galt doesn't have many places to shop so walmart will be nice so people son't have to commute as often and the taxes imposed on walmart will go back to the city.

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  73. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4February 8, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Walmart may decrease how much time people spend buying goods from multiple stores because Walmarts tend to have a larger variety products. However the other stores may lose business and have to lay off employees. Of course Walmart will hire employees, but will they be able to hire more employees than the stores that may go out of business. By the way way things look, the Walmart will be built, unless people convince the Galt City Council otherwise.

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  74. Kevin Krivda, Mr. Bauer P1
    I think that wal-mart would be mostly beneficial to galt. Many of the small buisnesses in galt fail and they dont sell a lot of the items that wal-mart does sell. Also, employment will help people in this area who are looking for jobs.

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  75. I think a walmart would be quite swell. Im tired of driving out of Galt to go to real stores, so I think a walmart would prevent many trips to Elk Grove or Lodi. Galt will do just fine having it and it will bring many jobs for students and unemployed adults.

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  76. I believe that having a Wal Mart in galt would actually have positive benefits because it would give job opportunities and help us save money on gas. Many of the stores here in galt don't have many of the things that a Wal Mart provides us with and in order to get those things we need to go to Lodi or elk grove. Bottom line a Wal mart would be great.
    Victor Alvarez
    Sloan

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  77. Walmart will help Galt grow. It'll also be a great employment opportunity.

    Guadalupe Velazquez
    Sloan, period 1

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  78. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2February 8, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Walmart is ruining America one store at a time. All those money hungry idiots do is sell cheap garbage from China and screw over their workers with low wages. Sure a Walmart comes to town and brings in jobs but at the lose of the jobs around it. And Galt is not going to bring in people from Elk Grove or Lodi here to shop they already have Walmarts of their own.

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  79. There is no doubt that the continuing and the completion of wal-mart will definitely affect the city, and the environment also. The question is, will this all be beneficial, and worthwhile in the long run. As many people would believe that with the completion of the Super Wal-mart, there would be an increase in traffic, however, when dont we face traffic. People are just so hesitant to change that they would come up with the stupidest effects ever. Such as pollution. i mean, come on, its not like California has the cleanest air. Its ridiculous. I think that this Wal-mart would definitely benefit many, no matter what.

    Sloan P|2

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  80. i thionk that have a walmart in galt really isnt nessesary. we have one in lodi and elk grove it really isnt that far. the only thing i see that would be great is the fact that there would be more jobs available in galt which is great.
    erika oropeza
    sloan
    p.4

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  81. I'm fine with having a wal mart in Galt. It will bring in revenues and provide jobs. As long as the city is built to handle the new traffic and construction, then it's fine.

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  82. hell no, i don't want a walmart cause its going to be right by my house! this would irritate me because galt is meant to be a small city. i don't want it to turn out like elk grove. keep galt the way it is!

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  83. i dont think we need a walmart in galt there are already so many in nearby towns and it is not far to get to them. Walmart could shut down businesses in galt and the job opportunities may be more but not as good.

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  84. I am undecided on the issue of whether a Walmart should be built in Galt. Galt is known as a small town and the Walmart would bring tons of traffic to the town. Galt might begin to expand even more and in a decade or two not be considered a small town anymore. However building the Walmart would open up many jobs and people wouldn't have to go to Lodi or Elk Grove to get essentials.

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  85. Mariska Vanderspek
    Phenix 1

    I am undecided on the issue of whether a Walmart should be built in Galt. Galt is known as a small town and the Walmart would bring tons of traffic to the town. Galt might begin to expand even more and in a decade or two not be considered a small town anymore. However building the Walmart would open up many jobs and people wouldn't have to go to Lodi or Elk Grove to get essentials.

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  86. A walmart in galt I think is a good idea because it would bring in people and jobs. We could actually be put on the map.
    Tori milligan
    sloan per.3

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  87. Emily Geiszler, BauerFebruary 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I don't want a Walmart here. They're gross and dirty. It will pollute our poor little valley that is over-polluted as it is. It will make traffic a nightmare on Fermoy. They should move it somewhere else, somewhere not on this side of town. It may briong more jobs and help with revenue but it will create all kinds of problems in this area. There will be a large increase in noise complaints due to deliveries being at all hours of the day and night.

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  88. I think that having a Walmart is stupid. I hate Walmart but that's just me. For others though, it probably is a good thing. It will open jobs and save people trips to elk grove and lodi. I personally do not favor the Walmart in Galt idea but it should help galts tax revenue.

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  89. Joeylee Maimone, Sloan 4
    I don't like the idea of having a Walmart in Galt. First off, Galt is way too tiny to have that big of a "super store" in the first place. And secondly, bringing in a store like that WILL take away from many jobs that already exist in Galt. I work at Raleys and if we got ran out of business by a stupid Walmart, I would be pissed and would loss a job where I actually receive good pay, good benefits, and a job that is Union.

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  90. I don't really enjoy Wal-Mart all that much, so I'd prefer if one didn't get built in Galt. It seems like what we have now is good enough for quality jobs and quality goods. We might not be the best off financially, but we're surviving well enough I think.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  91. i think that building a wal-mart in galt overall is a good idea. yes it has some negative aspects but it also has some good. i actually think it will bring more of a positive outcome than a negative one.It for the most part is going to bring many jobs and save thousands of people gas money.

    Steffanie Eisenga
    Slaon
    Per.5

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  92. a wal mart in galt sounds like a good idea. yes it may bring trafic and probably polution but it also has its cons. people would not have to make the trip to elk grove or lodi therfor saving gas money. it would also bring some well needed jobs for the comunity.
    alondra munoz
    sloan
    p5

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  93. I believe that walmart in Galt will benefit us in some ways such as creating jobs,more money to the city and get tax revenue. Also competition will lower there goods prices for customers. All in all it can also cause more traffic and crowdedness also but it'll save us a trip to Elk Grove or Lodi so that will help us from spending gas as well.

    Santiago Naranjo Diaz
    P.1

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  94. Personally, sure i think that having a walmart will help galt. I don't think they need one in that little town because there is a walmart kind of close to it, but go for it. I think it will open new jobs, and yeah it will probably create some traffic. I personally think they should build a target instead.

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  95. Janeiry Balderas, period 4, Mr.SloanFebruary 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    In my opinion if the walmart cannot affect us in a negative way, though it can only become positive with the growing population that Galt. though a walmart may be positive because people would not have to travel to Lodi or Elk Grove. Still there is the con that some local businesses would be affected because as we know walmart seems to have much lower prices than most of its competitors, but yet there is good in the construction of this walmart.

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  96. I think a new wal- mart would be good for Galt. there would be some pros and cons. It would attract more people to galt and provide more jobs. also Galt people wouldn't have to go to Elk Grove or Lodi.The bad thing is that, Galt would be a bit more crowded and more pollution obviously.

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  97. A Wal-mart will be both good and bad for Galt. It will resurrect jobs that have been lost, jobs such as construction to build the Wal-mart, and jobs that Wal-mart will bring once built. It may help our general economy, but it will crowd Galt. More people may move into the area, and travel to this Wal-mart. I personally want a Wal-mart to come, for the sake of convinience, but I enjoy that Galt is a small town. I don't whether or not I really approve of the construction of the Wal-mart.

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  98. i believe it is a good thing because it will create lots of good jobs for many people. but it will also put out other businesses like cvs and all that stuff. but the peopole that are just recently hired cant afford expensive stuff. so i believe it will do good but a little bit to good.
    kimberlie hernandeZ
    sloan
    p.4

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  99. i personally dont want a Wal Mart in galt. yes it will create jobs, but it will file in a lot of people and make the town crowded, it will create a lot of traffic, and it will eliminate smaller businesses. i like galt the way it is, a small town with small businesses. i think that we are doing pretty well the way we are, so why do we want yo make a drastic change? NO WAL MART!!!
    ~~brooke fletcher:)
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  100. I believe that having a Wal Mart will bring alot of jobs to the city. They are cheap and convienent but they will krush all other competetion in galt so this is bad if youre a competeting store. I dont think i want a walmart in galt,There are already walmarts in lodi and elk grove i think galt doesnt need one.
    jake beilby

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  101. Asher Maroot- Sloan P,1February 9, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    i think that if there were to be a walmart in galt, that many galt residents would have jobs, but traffic would become an issue and many small businesses would struggle to stay alive. the economy would probably do better with all of the jobs that would be created to build a walmart, then to run it, but will this decision still seem like a good one in the future

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  102. I believe that a walmart will be good for the community of Galt. Lots of people feel that galt makes poor decisions or complain about the lack of money galt but no one wants to exchange money for a little traffic. As far as traffic goes twin cities is already packed due to transit from sacramento over to ione and JAckson. With noise pollution, there is a sound barrier and the noise would be during the day when most are away at work.

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  103. Having the Walmart in Galt will have many benefits. People in town no longer have to drive out og town to get products that are not found in town. The problem i see is that there wont be enough space to locate the walmart. Although this would be nice to provide jobs more jobs here in town. AS said by Brooke F. creating a Walmart will take away the small-town feel that i love.

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  104. I'm so excited for the Wal-Mart coming to Galt, i wish it would come earlier! I mean come on, I really need a job, and it will bring so many jobs to Galt! And the tax revenue is gonna be really nice! And come on, what local businesses is it gonna hurt? There aren't any! Just like thrust stores and restaurants. Seriously, Wal-Mart is an awesome idea. It'll also be nice to not have to go to Lodi or elk grove for everything. Anyways, Wal-Mart would be cool.
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  105. KARINA RAMOS MR SLOAN PERIOD 1

    I THINK THAT BUILING A WALMART WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO OUR CITY. I THINK IT WOULD HAVE GREAT OUTCOMES.IT CAN PROVIDE JOBS TO THE UNEMPLOYED IN GALT AND IT CAN HELP COLLECT TAXES FOR GALT. AND THESE TAXES/THIS EXTRA MONEY CAN TO TOWARDS PARKS SCHOOLS AND ROADS. I THINK THIS IS A WISE DECISION TO MAKE.

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  106. I think that Walmart would be a good idea. There would be high tax revenues and it would be a good thing for our level of employment. There arent many stores in Galt that actually sell necessities that we need, causing us to have to travel to elk grove or lodi. It has good consequences that outweigh the bad.

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  107. Chelsea Ray, Sloan p1February 9, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Having a Wal Mart in galt has its positives and negatives. On the plus side, people will not have to leave town to go to lodi or elk grove and it will provide more jobs for people. On the negative side, it will cause a lot of traffic for the people that live in the communities around it.

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  108. ricardo villalpandoFebruary 9, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    I think that it could be a better idea because there would more jobs open and it could bring more customers to galt but the down side would be that there would be a hole lot of traffic.

    ricardo villalpando
    pr3 sloan

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  109. Lucero Cardiel. Mr. Bauer 3rd periodFebruary 9, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    A Wal-Mart in such a small town is a horrible idea
    We have all those small businesses for example, CVS, that will close down.
    Yes, it will create jobs, but those that lost their job from the small businesses closing down are all going to scurry to Wal-Mart.
    The traffic is going to be ridiculous. Lodi and Elk Grove wouldn't have a need to come here but there towns on the out in the country that will come to town.
    The revenue isn't even going to be that dramatic. Only Galt and some of the country folk will be going to this Wal-Mart. Lodi and Elk Grove will not go out of their way to come to Galt to go to Wal-Mart. They have theirs.
    This Wal-Mart will ruin Galt, the way it has ruined many other small towns.

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  110. I think it would be a bad idea to make a wal mart in galt because all the other store would have less customers because of the competition but it also be good because there would probably be more jobs so i'm really not so sure .

    richard manzo
    sloan pr5

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  111. Jacqueline OlympiusFebruary 9, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Not only is the new Wal-Mart going to worsen pollution, traffic, and property values, other local businesses will definitely suffer as well. Everyone keeps mentioning the tax revenues in such a light that they will bring upon new "parks." Well if you haven't noticed already, there's a park in just about every housing development of Galt. I think we're good on parks. That said, no I don't think the tax revenues would even make up for all the cons of the wal-mart, at least if they really do end up going to such "parks." Yes of course Wal-Mart is a good company to work for and it wil indeed bring about new jobs but the thing is, with moving to Galt, you made a decision to live somewhere where you were going to have to commute to work as well as commute to make purchases that are more than the necessities. If you wanted to be close to work/shopping, you wouldn't have come here. People move to this town because of its small town charm... which will now be ruined by a Wal-Mart! Wally World does not belong in the so-called "Galt scene." Sorry.

    --AP Econ
    Sloan, Period 4

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  112. I honestly hate the idea of building a Walmart in Galt. EVERYWHERE you go there is a Walmart. Building a Walmart will create jobs(for construction workers and employees), and will allow the citizens of Galt to travel at a far less distance to buy goods, however originality will be wiped out. Originality in the sense of other smaller businesses. Yes, Walmart is efficient but what is happening to small businesses in America?

    Gabriella Cello. P.3 Mr. Sloan

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  113. I believe that having a Wal Mart in Galt will help people get jobs. The only negative about it is that small town stores will lose business because Wal Mart has cheaper prices. It may also disturb the community because other places that doesn't have Wal Mart will drive to Galt, and shop here.

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  114. kayla rodriguez sloan5February 9, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    i am not exactly sure how i feel on the decision. wal mart will create more job opportunities for locals, yes. and the low prices help everybody in this poor economy. since it is in galt the taxes and what not from out of the city customers is only helping the city of galt. however,that side of galt will now be crowded with people. that overpass is already stuffed as it is. the surrounding stores will also lose business from this successful market. the pros and cons even out my decision

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  115. I believe that having a Wal-Mart will bring a small amount of jobs to the community, however, it'll destroy much of the local stores' business, which in turn will make people lose their jobs there. In the area that the Wal-Mart is made, a lot of traffic and pollution will come. All in all, the creation of Wal-Mart may bring more bad than good.
    -Kevin Rodgers, Period 2, Sloan

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  116. hmmmm we would have a lot more jobs for kids like me coming home between terms and stuff. aand wal mart has everything... but there's always the little places that will suffer from this great competition. allin all, i think it's a good idea. shoppers from galt staying in galt is just what we need.

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  117. I dont think that building a wal-mart here in Galt will be a good idea. This will bring more violence to our community and also it will raise the value of the houses around it. It will bring more jobs and help our community, but i think we are better off without a wal-mart in our town because we dont want our small businesses gone.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr. Bauer
    Government

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  118. Walmart huh? I dont think that walmart should be brought to galt. Once it was built they would have to redo twin cities because that road right now can hardly handle the everday traffic of crossing over the bridge. Yes it would bring in tons of tax revenue, but it would also destroy small self-proprietorships that galt has...and it has many. but all of these small shops would have to shut down because they wont be able to keep up with the low costs of walmart. There is already a walmart in lodi and elk grove...why does there need to be another one in the small city of galt between the two? The income of the lodi and elk grove walmarts will significantly decrease because all the people of galt will have somewhere else to go.

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  119. Although many people may look forward to a Wal-Mart due to its convenience and low prices, it's safe to say that a Wal-Mart will absolutely ruin the local economy. The local businesses we have now will disappear due to Wal-Mart's low prices. Jobs would be created, however, that can't compensate for the damage it'll do local businesses.

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  120. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3February 11, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    I do agree that having a wal mart in galy will bring a lot of jobs to Galt. However, i believe that the town of Galt is to small to have a wal mart because traffic is already crowded as it is and with a wal mart it will increase the pollution and traffic.

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  121. megatron toy at malmart=$15.37
    Gas wasted in traffic trying to get to walmart = $4.32
    The ideas of what i wanted to do to the employee at walmart who thinks im stealing = priceless screw walmart unless its go on old galt where its emptyon that more room less traffic.
    Jordan elzie per 2 sloan

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  122. Sarah Richter; Bauer; Period 5February 15, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    There are many pros and cons on having a Walmart in Galt. It can create alot of jobs and get more tax money into Galt. But it can also make smaller businesses go out of business since its such a small town. I think it would be good for Walmart to come into Galt.

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  123. Kassie Lizama

    I think a walmart wouldn't be such a bad thing. It would be nice not to have to go to elk grove for everything but groceries. It will also bring some much-needed jobs to galt. I just wish it was a target instead (:

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  124. Haley Collins - Sloan P01February 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    I think building a Walmart in Galt would be a good idea. It would make our town a little bit bigger, also it would bring more job opportunities! :) Like Kassie said it's not a Target (which is a lot nicer) but hey it can work in our little town

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  125. i think having a wal mart in galt is not a good idea
    it will bring in alot of tax revenue and jobs but it will cause alot of the local businesses to suffer and i think it will make galt lose its small town vibe.

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  126. well i think if we had a wal mart we would have even more traffic but people would have better job opportunities but i dont think we need one in galt.

    Aniscia Silva
    Sloan
    Per 5

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  127. A walmart in Galt I think is a good idea because it would bring in people and jobs.It can provide jobs to the unemployed in Galt. But the only thing about having a walmart is the there will be more traffic.
    Stephanie A
    Mr. Sloan
    Per.4

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