2017 Letters to the editor stock

The headline and lengthy article in The Times edition of Dec. 27, "Food, pharmacy deserts a concern with closures," suggests we have a problem with residents unable to get medications, food staples, etc.

So if we have such a problem, why was Walmart moved from a large residential area on 165th Street in Hammond to the corner of Interstate 94 and Indianapolis Boulevard, which is not easily accessible by walking?

The 165th Street store was not a full grocery store, but it had a small food section and a pharmacy. I don't know whose decision it was to make the move. It was probably to get business from I-94 travelers, who don't even live in this area.

The powers that be in this area continue to pave over land, then the stores close and leave a big, paved, empty eyesore.

Janis Bermingham, Hammond

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.