Esther (From Xico) on the less talked about, but more damaging, effects of WalMart´s corrupt business practices:
We know reasonably well some local shop owners. Needless to say, they are very, very worried. Two own dress shops. I mentioned to a Gringo acquaintance that the monster was likely to eat them alive. The Gringo said,”I don’t see why. Mexicans don’t buy the artisan items. They are too expensive.” I said, well they buy regular clothes! That hadn’t occurred to her. Xico, being a tourist town (now a Pueblo Magico) has a main street with shops selling what you’d expect. But all you have to do is walk a block in either direction and you come upon fruit and vegetable stores, butchers, grocers, shoe stores, bakeries, hardware stores, flower shops, cheese shops, a local market, and so forth. Sometimes the stores sell jumbles of all these things. A lot of the produce, meat and dairy is local so that not just shop owners but producers are likely to suffer.
I suspect that the mayor of Xico (El Presidente) got a good deal for allowing the Wal-Mart. The mayor is in deep trouble with his constituents …
From Xico: always good writing… always.