The article on retail leakage (Daily News, May 27 & 28) should be enlightening for the people of Whitman County and in particular, Pullman.Robert Greene was also mentioned in today's Daily News as one of the people appealing the Conditional Use Permit issued to New Saint Andrew's College in Moscow. Busy guy.
I think we all would agree with Robert Greene that Washington laws could become more business friendly. However, due to the growth of the surrounding areas we also need to stop the retail leakage that heads to Moscow so we can support services and infrastructure for the area.
I think it is very wrong for the people and businesses of Moscow to say they think Pullman and Whitman County shouldn’t allow large retail operations. We need the sales tax to support our growing infrastructure. It is really a case of fear – the fear of less retail traffic in Moscow that is putting up obstacles to the growth of Pullman and Whitman County.
People do put their money where their mouth is, and in this case Pullman and Whitman County recognize they need to stop the leakage before we can no longer provide vital services such as police, fire, and street repair. If Pullman continues to just rely on downtown growth and development we are all going to pay for it with higher property taxes.
I do have two questions. If Bob Greene, as a resident of Pullman, is concerned with Pullman’s development and thinks it should be concentrated on downtown development, how come his business is located in Moscow?
What exactly would it take to get BookPeople in Pullman?
Victoria Dehlbom, Pullman
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