When our old microwave expired recently, the Glendale Sears provided the opposite of “retail irrelevance,” as Nat B. Read claims it to be in his letter to the editor (“Sears store is an outdated model,” Mailbag, Dec. 29). We found just what we wanted in one local stop, at a fair price, and took it home that evening, after leaving more money in Glendale for dinner.

Their building could use a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly entrance on Central, for sure, and maybe some windows or murals, but would Read's rather ghoulish hope that they go belly-up be good for downtown Glendale?

The Walmart environment which he seems to favor hurts workers everywhere and harms local small businesses. He has pushed for the 710 tunnel option which many in Glendale and the Crescenta Valley reject precisely because it makes no sense in a 21st century environment. I don't think we need any more of Read's “help.”

Roberta Medford
Montrose