Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, February 10, 2007

"Veteran wants Wal-Mart in Pullman"

Excellent letter in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
David Flaherty wrote (Opinion, Feb.7) to complain that building a Wal-Mart Supercenter adjacent to the Pullman Cemetery would be “gross, shameful and monstrous” as well as disturbing to veterans. He also stated that it would render the area unfit to host a national cemetery. As a retired veteran, I object to Flaherty’s entire line of reasoning and resent his presumption to speak for veterans.

Veterans have devoted significant portions of their lives to protecting our laws, our citizens and their rights. It has been determined by our elected officials, independent legal experts and courts that the proposed super center does comply with applicable laws. It will provide real benefits to our residents who exercised their rights in recently choosing not to elect officials who would obstruct its construction.

As a veteran, I must support Wal-Mart’s right to build where it chooses, within legal bounds. To do otherwise would mean picking and choosing who is good enough to be our neighbor and says our founding fathers were wrong when they held certain truths to be self-evident.

Fred Miller, Albion
Well said.

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