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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



Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.