These amusing tidbits come directly from the infamous PARD petition, which Palousitics has obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. A big thanks to April Coggins for all the painstaking research.
In a letter to Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, dated May 23, 2005, PARD stated that:
“We have gathered more than 7500 signatures so far of people who feel strongly enough that they have pledged to refuse to shop in or work for your mall should it be built here. All signatures have been gathered from consumers in the area by local, unpaid volunteers. For our small town this is a phenomenal number. We have at least 1000 more signatures on our petition from Pullman residents than the number who voted in the last city election, and we believe it indicates that a majority of citizens here oppose the building of your massive big box discount center.”“Gathered from consumers in the area?” Some 13% of the PARD petition signatures are not even from Pullman-Moscow.
“For our small town this is a phenomenal number?” “Indicates that a majority of citizens here oppose Wal-Mart?” Nearly half (43.2%) of the 9,511 signatures are from non-Pullman residents, including:
2,363 from MoscowIt’s phenomenally dishonest to pad your petition numbers with signatures from the four corners of the Earth.
1,269 from outside of Pullman, Moscow, or Whitman County
398 from Whitman County other than Pullman
81 unknown (not identified or illegible)
Let’s break those numbers down further.
26,590 (2005 Pullman population)This number aligns very nicely with the percentage of votes cast for anti-Wal-Mart candidates in last November’s Ward 1 and Ward 3 City Council elections:
- 18,690(2005 WSU Pullman enrollment)
- 3,237 (Children under 18)
= 4,663 full-time adult Pullman residents
5,400 Pullman signatures
-70.29% percentage of WSU students in Pullman population
= 1,604 full-time adult Pullman residents who likely signed PARD petition
1,604/4,663 = 34.4% of full-time adult Pullman residents signed PARD petition
1,179 Bill PaulSorry, Lu Laoshi, any way you cut it, that ain't a "great deal of opposition". (HT: Dale Courtney). That's why you can't get enough donations in the community to pay for your appeal. You have to turn to the union-paid "activist". UFCW Local 44 lost in Mount Vernon. And the anti-Wal-Mart activists that ran for the City Council there last November got their butts kicked too. Why do you feel PARD's chances are better?
549 Ann Heath
342 Joshua Coke
= 2,070 pro-Wal-Mart candidate votes
406 Judy Krueger
365 Gary Johnson
= 771 anti-Wal-Mart candidate votes
771/2,841 = 27.1% of votes cast in Wards 1 and 3 for anti-Wal-Mart candidates
Look for more about PARD's petition and appeal (we just received a copy hot off the presses) in the days to come.
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