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“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – CS Lewis

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  • Julie July 11, 2017, 10:14 AM

    Re. the Walmart leaving town story, reading the whole thing it seems the problem is a lot more than just Walmart leaving. If they could make money there, they would still be there. It sounds like the larger problem, given that this happened in 2016 after seven years of shutting down the coal industry, is that the coal town suffered. No more mines, no more industry, no more money, and thus not even Walmart could keep afloat.

    I wonder if things are beginning to change there this year?

  • MMinLamesa July 11, 2017, 12:36 PM

    Wal-Mart closed our non Super Store here in Lamesa about 1 1/2 years ago and I gotta tell you, it’s sorely missed. I think a large part of their decision was the opening of the 4th “Dollar” store here. The problem is they sold so much more then dish soap and potato chips.

    I’m in Midland or Big Spring often and bring the list my gal and I keep. Still, there’s nothing like having one a few minutes away.

  • ghostsniper July 11, 2017, 5:58 PM

    Walmart is the canary in the mine.

  • Ralph Kinney Bennett July 11, 2017, 7:23 PM

    This is a classic piece of Guardian “journalism,” full of class voyeurism brought to us courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation. It touches all the bases, from growing your own food or being forced to eat “bad” (that’s “processed”) vittles, to the redneck with 140 guns, and that concrete “gash” in the forest primeval and the Waltons blithely rolling in their billions earned from smothering “mom and pop” stores. Deliver us!