Baltimore may have had a shot at Amazon but it actually dodged a bullet by losing.

The Sun’s editorial board declares Baltimore had a shot at getting Amazon's second headquarters (“Did Baltimore really have a shot at Amazon HQ2? In a word, yes,” Jan. 24). I have no objection to metaphors involving shooting, but that is the wrong one. Baltimore dodged a bullet.

This city has already sacrificed far too much to satisfy the demands of rapacious businessmen who have never by any stretch of the imagination fulfilled even their minimum legal obligations, much less moral ones, to the people who footed the bill for their enrichment. Amazon would have been worse. Its business model is deadly, harmful even to companies that sell through it.

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The company underpays and abuses its workers and uses every means to undercut traditional businesses that treat their staff and customers better. Having it here would have been bad for business and workers. In the words of Jim Hightower, the whole selection process was about "snookering cities into spending millions on a rigged game only Amazon will win."

Support local small businesses and workers, not Jeff Bezos!

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam, Baltimore

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