Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Attention "One Stop Shoppers"

Matt Saavedra thinks you have issues. Apparently, he insists on you buying your vegetables and dairy products somehwere different than where you buy your DVDs and cleaning products. I'm not sure why.

According to his letter in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News today, Saavedra believes it is the city's job to judge what is a "good" corporation and what is a "bad" corporation. I'm also not quite sure how (or why) they could do that. He also apparently thinks that there is such a thing as a large retail store that won't have any traffic, pollution or economic impact, that's not a "category killer" and that will be "unique" and have a "synergistic" relationship with existing local businesses. And he expects that the city can just snap its fingers and magically make a store like that appear. He still must believe in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too.

FYI, Matt, "category killers" include Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michaels, Barnes & Noble (which runs The Bookie), Ross Dress for Less, Rite Aid, Bed Bath & Beyond (openingsoon at the Palouse Mall), Office Depot, Staples, Famous Footwear, K-Mart, and (wait for it) COSTCO. I expect to see another letter to the editor shortly condemning those existing "bad" corporations as well. Or are they existing "local businesses?" Have fun skiing on the ol' slippery slope.

Saavedra cheers on the brave PARDners. But then again, he also gave "kudos to the protesters...that responded to the recent racist activities on campus by taking their voice to the president’s office... I applaud the student protesters for their bravery and passion to stand up for the decency and equality that should exist at all academic institutions" after l'affaire Nina Kim last year. If you remember, this is the incident that the state Human Rights Commission said reflected "an undergraduate penchant for revolutionary drama more than anything else."

I would submit that it is Mr. Saavedra that has issues of his own as a member of "Pullman Snobs, Inc."

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April E. Coggins said...

Another FYI, Dissmore's and Safeway sell cleaing products and DVD's right along side their vegetables and dairy products, they even allow their checkers to put them in the same bag!
These types of letters are so silly that a response seems demeaning.

Tom Forbes said...

You're absolutely right April.

PARD may be a "self-licking ice cream cone" but they are also incredibly self-destructive. Their own words are their worst enemy.

Like Citizen Hosick's attack on SEL and TV Reed's latest blast of arrogance that generated a half-dozen or more angry responses, I have a feeling Saavedra's unhinged rant will show people what the anti-Wal-Mart opposition is all about.

Barenjager said...

I am reminded of an old Saturday Night Live line.

To paraphrase; Matt, you ignorant sl**!

Scotty said...

It is funny that he specifically wrote veggies and dairy. He is pushing his eating methods on us. He has written in the past about being a vegitarian.

Tom Forbes said...

Websters defines "snob" as:

a : one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior, b : one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste

Mr. Saavedra first rebuffs us as "having issues" for enjoying the convenience of "one stop shopping" and then takes an offensive air that his preferences in food, shopping, etc. are superior.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

Barenjager said...

That could be the snobbiest QED I've ever seen ;o)