Jeff Bezos’ wealth came at a price that we paid

Jeff Bezos and Amazon have done more than anybody in history to eliminate living-wage jobs by decimating shopping malls and the people who work in them, build them, maintain them, etc., and the retail industry in general, by catering to a numbed-out American public that no longer values human connection and service in favor of faceless, nameless “cheaper” robotic consumerism via the internet and technological gimmicks. (The same public that has now elected a mentally ill, soulless, brainless, dangerous narcissist as “president”.)

And Bezos is now the wealthiest person on the planet as a result!

He’s decided (no doubt as a corporate public relations stunt) to magnanimously give his workers a $15-an-hour wage. Wonderful. We can all live on $15 an hour (before taxes), right?

In the interest of “giving back” Bezos has decided to spend a lot of money on developing space travel for the rich so that they can go up to the moon and marvel at the expanse of useless gray dust and rocks all around them and emulate NASA’s “productive” accomplishment. (Hey, maybe we could eventually send the homeless up there to get them out of our hair! After all, Bezos created more homelessness than anybody in history.)

Once again, is this a great country, or what?

Robert Van den Akker


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Aug. 10

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

If we are to avoid the extinction of salmon runs and orcas, talks regarding the dams should continue.

Comment: Was Japan’s surrender worth the cost of bombings?

Even if both bombings could be linked to Japan’s surrender, were the mass killings of civilians “right”?

Let’s keep behavior civil during competing rallies

I’m a county resident and I attended a gathering to raise awareness… Continue reading

Invest more in training for police

As I have been hearing of the events across this country that… Continue reading

What was purpose of ‘pig’ headline regarding slain officer?

The killing of a police officer in Bothell was a tragic senseless… Continue reading

Have respect for all as we rebuild after pandemic

It is going to be interesting to see how the next presidential… Continue reading

Editorial: Release of weekly list of deaths should resume

The county health district no longer provides the list to The Herald; but it’s misinterpreting the law.

Editorial: Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers.

Most Read