Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, July 31, 2006

Wal-Mart Sticks By Pullman

The following letter was received by thousands of Pullman residents last Friday:

Dear Valued Wal-Mart Customer

As you have probably heard, the Superior Court Judge's decision to review the Hearing Examiner's decision which would allow us to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pullman has been postponed.

We wanted to let you know why we believe this is a good decision, and that we expect the final decision by the Superior Court will be that much stronger in the face of the efforts of a small minority to stop the Supercenter from being built.

When the Judge reviewed the appeal of the Hearing Examiner's decision, he decided that there should be more detail in the examiner's explanation. This was not a rejection of the decision, but clearly an effort to make certain that whatever he decided, his ruling would be able to withstand additional appeals and not waste any more time.

So we are satisfied with the Judge's request of the Hearing Examiner to re-issue his decision with more detailed information, and believe that he will see the logic and wisdom in these findings.

And we expect to begin construction soon after the final appeal has been satisfied in the months ahead.

Thanks again to all of you who have written letters to the editor, attended hearings, testified in support, or have just made it clear to your friends and neighbors that you are a part of the majority of the greater Pullman community that supports the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter.

We look forward to seeing you at our grand opening next year.

And I, along with most everyone else that I know, will also look forward to that grand opening.

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uiprof said...

If Wal-Mart will be allowed to build the Supercenter in Pullman, I'll sell my brand-new house in Moscow and build one over there! I just don't want to live the rest of my life in a place where commercial growth is so seriously restricted. Also, people in Pullman seems "more normal"; Moscow has just too many fanatical anti-growth folks.
Tom - you're doing an excellent job with this blog! Since I'm reading it, I canceled my Daily News subscription, and this is my source of local news! Keep up the good work, and lets hope the Supercenter will be built soon!

April E. Coggins said...

I wonder if a part of the increased traffic in the cemetery are curious Wal-Mart supporters wondering if ground is soon to be broken. I have been guilty of Wal-Mart watching, cemetery drive-throughs myself.

UI Prof: Hopefully you will consider moving to Pullman. I love it here and I hope others do too!

Uncle Bubba said...

UI Prof. Come on over. Pullman can always use a few more progressive citizens.
Maybe we could work out an exchange program with Moscow ?

uiprof said...

Well, an exchange program would be nice! How about moving all of the progressive citizens (if there is anyone left here) to Pullman, and the "hard-liner-PARD-YesMoscowNoSuperWalMart-anti-everything" folks back to Moscow? That would create two cities in which everyone would love their neighbors!