Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, July 21, 2007

"Reed is confused"

Don Pelton joins in the fun of rebutting TV Reed in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
Wow! What wonderful news from T.V. Reed and his "Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development," raving about the new Pullman-Moscow Building Supply Store in Pullman. Strangely, this is news about something no one else seems to have heard about.

Reed tells of the spectacular service and quality of this locally owned business that will free us from the talons of evil Wal-Mart.

The trouble is Reed's whole account is nothing but fiction. It never happened. There is no new Pullman-Moscow Building Supply store on Bishop Boulevard next door to Wal-Mart, but Reed and his PARD group have spent years using the courts to block Wal-Mart and the very business he now raves about. The proposed PMBS store has an announced size of 140,000 square feet and actually sits closer to the cemetery than Wal-Mart. Moreover, the PMBS store is dependent upon the construction of Wal-Mart. Anyway, Reed tells us we can look forward to a wonderful PMBS store whenever his own legal stalling is finally ended by the courts.

Perhaps Reed has confused the recently opened Henry's Ace Hardware store with Pullman-Moscow Building Supply. Indeed, Ace Hardware is a wonderful addition to the Pullman business community. But there is a mega difference between a hardware retail business and a building supply firm and a Wal-Mart department store.

Donald D. Pelton

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