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Pertaining to the Feb. 20 editorial "End the State Stores", which refers to Gov. Tom Corbett's desire to sell the state stores to private industry, were the people who were polled educated on the facts? Do they know that people will lose family-sustaining jobs? Does the convenience of buying some booze come first? Perhaps those polled do not care about a loss of good jobs, at least until it happens to them.
Corporate chain stores and their developers have been buying high-profile corner properties since Tom Ridge was governor. They have their low pay, minimum (if any) benefits, part-time employees in place. Shelf space for alcohol already has been allocated.
Are the legislators, Democratic and Republican, content with the elimination of at least 3,000 not great but decent jobs?
The state stores employ veterans and handicapped citizens; 3,000 jobs equals 3,000 families.
"Mom and Pop" taverns will lose business on six-pack sales, which are a very viable part of their operations.
The chain stores will prevail. They can afford the license fees easily. Small, family-run bars, taverns and beer distributors will lose.
Tom Corbett will get a star on his forehead from his union-hating chums for wiping out at least 3,000 grocery-buying, product-purchasing, family-sustaining union jobs.
JOHN M. VALDISERRI
First Published March 5, 2013 12:00 am