Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Asinine No SuperWalMart Ads

Did anyone notice the little 1x2 No SuperWalMart ads placed throughout today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News? The three that I saw read:
"Keep Your $$ Local!"
"Celebrate Retail Diversity!"
"(Your Reason Here)"
Each slogan is amusing in its own way. Moscow residents will most certainly not keep their dollars local without a Wal-Mart. They will continue to shop in Lewiston, Clarkston, and Spokane, where they are not so delicate about big-box stores and out-of-towners money. The whole argument about all the money spent at Wal-Mart going back to Arkansas is absurd. What about people who shop at Safeway, Rosauers, WinCo, Hastings, Ross, Macy's, Office Depot, Staples, etc., etc. Do they think those are Moscow-based businesses? Please. The environmentalists need to be concerned about the amount of putrid BS flowing on the Palouse these days more than Wal-Mart.

Retail diversity? Let me tell you, you haven't experienced retail diversity until you have been in a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The Supercenter in Rogers, AR, had more items for sale most of the stores in Moscow combined.

Finally, my fill-in-the-reason is "Make Pullman the New Retail Center of the Palouse! No SuperWalMart!" It's appropriate the ads are black. They reflect the mourning that is going to happen in the Moscow business community after May 1. The No SuperWalMart group needs to change their slogan from "Yes Moscow! No Super WalMart!" to "Yes Corridor Development! No SuperWalMart!" because that is EXACTLY what they are promoting.

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