Feedback: Some depend on big box stores

My comments are in regards to an article by Mr. Bruce Wood (“Sound Off,” Dec. 30).

What I would like to say to you sir, is what you people do not realize is that “big box stores” do bring a lot with them to our community. The number one plus for our community is employment, employment for those of us who are not military.

The company where I am employed has over 150 employees. Now how would most of these people provide for their families if your big box store was not here? I would also like to add my family was here way before your military base, they actually owned one of the farms where your base now sits.

My great grandfather was the undertaker whose mortuary was on the same property. My father was one of your local business owners from as long as I can remember until the late ‘80s. He was the first on the island to rent VHS movies in his television store in Oak Harbor. Yes I do remember him having a lot of business and knowing most of his customers by name. Unfortunately, time changes everything. It cannot be the ‘60s forever.

I too remember the big fields on both sides of town, it is a terrible thing that everything is now concrete, buildings and stop lights almost as far as you can see. But I do not believe you should be targeting the big box stores. They bring needed jobs and careers to Oak Harbor.

Many of the employees in these stores also volunteer their time for different projects going on within the community. Without the big box store where I am employed being in Oak Harbor, my children and I would have to be living off the welfare system or we would be homeless.

I would also like to point out that there is more land being cleared in this area for housing than anything, which is going to benefit people in the military, not your local business owners, the environment or those families who have been here since before the base was here, and who are not military.

Beverly VanNieuwenhuise

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Dems overplayed hand, awakened moral majority

Editor, The attempted character assassination by the Democrats of Judge Kavanaugh is… Continue reading

Letter: If pool is to reopen, some repairs need to be made

Editor, Pool levy, some clarification please. The levy signs say, Pool Park… Continue reading

Letter: Campbell has the support of staff, deputies

Editor, Regarding the two candidates for sheriff of Island County, I personally… Continue reading

Letter: St. Clair has right skills to be elected commissioner

Editor, Janet St. Clair demonstrated that she is well prepared to be… Continue reading

Letter: I-1639 would put data, 2nd Amendment, at risk

Editor, Vote “no” on Initiative 1639. Did you know that I-1639 allows… Continue reading

Letter: Everyone wins if St. Clair is chosen to be commissioner

Editor, Ahoy there over on Whidbey. I am over here, on the… Continue reading

Letter: Shake hands with the devil and you may end up in bed

Editor, Like millions of other people here in the United States and… Continue reading

Letter: Oak Harbor needs pool for recreation, exercise

Editor, I would like to personally thank all the people who are… Continue reading

Letter: So excited to get ‘back into the swim of things’

Editor, I am so excited. Because of the hard work and generous… Continue reading

Most Read