Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sour Grapes for Moscow

This letter was printed in the paper on Friday, January 12, 2007. I think the title sums it up well.

Sour grapes for Moscow?

I read with great interest and disbelief Moscow’s decision to challenge Whitman County’s decision to allow James Toyota to build in Whitman County. While I understand that the mayor and City Council may not get out much, there may be a few things they don’t realize.

First, Whitman County and Moscow are not in the same state.

Second, Paradise Creek runs downstream from Moscow and James Toyota’s water runoff already goes into the creek.

Third, a significant portion of the Chipman Trail is in Whitman County.

Fourth, as a business, James Toyota has a right to relocate as deemed best for its business interests.

Lastly, James Toyota already utilizes the aquifer and it is no different whether they do so in Moscow or Whitman County. I think the real issue is that Moscow sees tax revenue leaving their city. If James Toyota was planning to stay in Moscow and expand, nothing would be said by anyone in Moscow.

Vicki Dehlbom, Pullman

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