Letters: Local businesses oughtto consider circumstances

June 27, 2007 12:00 am

I remember in the 1970s and 1980s when boycotts provided great service because when it seemed like injustice reigned supreme, people came together against it. And, to a point, I miss those days right now when I wouldn't mind boycotting locally.

Many households in Del Norte are low- and/or fixed-income homes. That precludes tighter than tight budgeting, including transportation, whether owning a car at all or being able to afford fuel to use it, and the stressful inability to "create" finds or juggle what little there is when emergencies arise. I'm willing to risk saying we all know this is the case.

What irks me is the people and/or businesses that refuse to take verifiable, rough circumstances into consideration or are still more than willing to exploit folks no matter what. It's all about the almighty dollar or a power-complex of some form or another.

For example, recently a mandatory item was found and the price quoted was $30. A huge relief considering the same item new would cost about $300 (way beyond my reach)! But, after "robbing Peter to pay Paul," a week later the price of the item is now quoted at $75. If that wasn't irritating enough, upon again "finding" the needed money, I returned to find the item no longer available due to having been crushed beyond any use whatsoever. Too bad there is only one business, that I know of, which is easily reachable in town and that sells certain items.

Now, unless there's a miracle, I am without transportation. Thanks, guys!

Teri V. Markanson

Crescent City