Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, May 11, 2006

E.T. Phone Pullman

From the Latah County Sheriff's log, as published in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:

3:28 a.m. — A man said he saw strange lights in the sky that kept changing colors on the 2000 block of East Palouse River Drive. He thought it might be aliens.
If those aliens stuck around for last night's Moscow Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, I'll guarantee you that they concluded there was no intelligent life there and left.

For example, as reported in today's Daily News:
Nils Peterson and Mark Solomon of No Super Wal-Mart and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paul Kimmell were among those asked to serve on a task force that would draft a dark store provision that would dictate the responsibilities of a store that vacated a building. Planning and Zoning member Art Bettge will lead the task force.
Nothing like a couple of diehard anti-Wal-Mart fanatics to add some objectivity to your big-box task force. Talk about letting the foxes guard the henhouse.
Bob Greene, owner of BookPeople, said size isn’t always a positive thing for a business. “Many studies show that size doesn’t limit profit,” he said. “There can be efficiencies of scale as well as inefficiencies of scale.”
Sure, I buy that. Cactus Computer. Microsoft. I always get them confused.
But Scott said Moscow’s local business is what makes it unique.

People drive here from Spokane, for smaller, unique types of stores,” she said.

There has been much debate as of late about a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Moscow affecting the water supply. I'm starting to believe there's something IN the water over there.

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April E. Coggins said...

It should be interesting to see what this "diverse" task force comes up with. They are supposed to have their final draft ready in August. That gives them 3 months to finish destroying free enterprise and private property rights in Moscow. My hunch is that they will spare no nails in hammering shut retail development's coffin.

Sarcastic Housewife #1 said...

I wonder who did that survey about people driving from Spokane for the unique stores?

Phil said...

People drive here from Spokane, for smaller, unique types of stores

I don't know ANYBODY who drives from Spokane/CDA down to Moscow for anything involving retail. But I know plenty of Moscow citizens who regularly drive north to shop in CDA and Spokane. They also drive south to Lewiston for Home Depot and Costco, among others.

Pretty soon everyone in Moscow will be driving to other towns to save a few bucks.