Dear Editor, |
First I'm a whiner. Now I'm one of the anti-capitalist, anti-free enterprise cartel members who are trying to stop Borders from coming to Davis and, thus, denying citizens their constitutional right to book discounts. The hysterical, accusatory tone of two letters this week begs to be answered.
The first answer is that we love books, our job, and our store.
The second answer is the numbers of dedicated, loyal customers who have asked us to fight for the right to stay in this community.
I certainly don't deny that part of our struggle is motivated by self-interest -- we don't want to leave town. The rest of the answer involves customers who have become family. I don't have a lot of direct contact with people who welcome Borders to Davis, but I realize that they exist. I ask that they try to understand that more than 3,500 people have signed a petition asking for some kind of retail other than a Borders superstore ... many of these petition-signers see the value of independent bookstores and know, as we owners do, that chains and independents don't co-exist for long. The choice is between one or the other ... not both.
Mark Friedman's claim that Borders will enhance the bookstore scene and help our businesses is simply not true.
Incidentally, unlike our good friend Bob Dunning, we bookstore owners don't have the option to sue for loss of income, stress, pain and anguish when we get forced out of our jobs.
In the last analysis, I have a hard time identifying myself or any other store owners involved in this battle in the descriptions found in these recent letters. I'd be happy to speak directly to anyone about this issue -- stop by the store.