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Published in Wall Street Journal
05/16/2011

To the editor

Donald J. Boudreaux ( If Supermarkets Were Like Public Schools, May 5) argues that, if supermarkets were run like public schools, "Poor people—entitled in principle to excellent supermarkets—would in fact suffer unusually poor supermarket quality." Last time I checked, in today's market, low-income earners and people living in rural areas have limited access to high-quality supermarkets or fresh produce in their neighborhoods. Although, in principle, these people can shop at any stores they wish, many lack adequate transportation to travel to higher-quality stores.



Perhaps these people would be better off if supermarkets were run like public schools.

Liana K. Neyer


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