Haggen, the Food and Pharmacys largest independent grocery retailer in the Pacific Northwest, took over seven Albertsons and Vons in the Las Vegas area some time ago.
The grocery chain opened seven locations, three in Las Vegas, three in Henderson and one in Boulder City. Haggen is now closing all its grocery stores on the West Coast, including those in Las Vegas.
Haggen underwent a dramatic expansion by buying 146 stores in many western states, but then they filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so now they have to close their doors, leaving hundreds of workers without a job. But our economy is great and the rate of unemployment is minimum.
Walmart announced that it was shutting down 269 stores and laying off thousands of employees. Just in the State of Texas alone, the move will affect more than 10,000 employees, spanning almost 26 stores. And of course, one in Las Vegas, Nevada is closing too.
But our economy is great and our employment rate is down. But we do not have any problems because our economy is great.
This year’s number of unemployed would include 10,000 Syrian refugees and some thousands of Cubans coming from Central America. That is not counting the hundreds of thousands of supposed unaccompanied children crossing from Central America. But, there is no problem because our economy is great.
In the meantime insurance companies are raising rates on us following orders to all insurance companies doing business in the State of Nevada and blaming the Insurance Commissioner, but when we called the Nevada Insurance Division we found out that it is not even true.
Their only answer is: “We never say such a thing, file a complaint against the insurance company.” But, that is perfectly right, because our economy is just great.
As it was engraved in OUR Statute of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Something is very wrong here — (those words engraved should be erased from the Statute of Liberty) “Send these, the homeless” What about our homeless veterans, the ones who sacrificed their lives for our freedom?
Where do they stand now? Besides a dark, black door, because the supposed golden door is just opened to everyone else in the world.
But, that is fantastic, because our economy is just great for everybody else in the world except American citizens.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.