Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, January 18, 2007

"Let the majority be heard"

The hits just keep on coming for TV Reed. From today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development, just stop it. Why is it that a handful of people can dictate what the Pullman community should or should not have? I am so pleased for you that your financial resources are so great that you can choose not to shop at Wal-Mart, if that is how you feel. I am a lowly staffer at Washington State University and need places at which to buy affordable products and groceries. I would be very happy if that was available in my own town.

My husband and I have been in Pullman for 20 years. We owned and operated Coast to Coast Hardware on Main Street in downtown Pullman for many years. We would still be in business today had the Wal-Mart in Moscow been built in Pullman. Instead we watched many local shoppers go across the border to Wal-Mart, and while they were there, shop other Moscow businesses. So don’t even try to use “protecting small business in Pullman” as leverage for your cause.

On a related note, I have known Don Pelton for many years, mostly through working together in service to the community (hmmmm, I never worked with anyone associated with PARD while giving to the community). Don is a longtime Pullman resident, is an extremely intelligent man and a highly respected member of this community.

Please PARD members, do not presume to be able to correct Don’s facts. He is way out of your league.

In closing, PARD, just stop it.

Lauri Sue Torkelson, Pullman
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