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From the Nov. 28, 2006, edition of the Daily News, we read "It could be nine months before a court of appeals hears a case from a group trying to keep Wal-Mart out of Pullman." It is now nine months later and the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Spokane will likely soon hand down its decision.
Since the offer by Wal-Mart to open a store in Pullman has passed all the steps required by law including reviews by a hearing examiner and the district court, it is nearly inconceivable that the Spokane court will reverse the approval.
The Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development bases its opposition to Wal-Mart on two main issues. The first is so many people will want to shop there that traffic will create dangerous situations in Pullman. The second objection is Wal-Mart will create too much competition, and thus somehow negatively effect the economy. Therefore, government must forbid a Wal-Mart store in Pullman.
PARD reports it is prepared to go the limit to block Wal-Mart. It's next appeal is to the Washington State Supreme Court and then through the federal courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.
However, an appeal to the Washington Supreme Court would likely find judges who have no interest in imagined traffic problems in Pullman. The federal courts are for issues involving interstate and national issues. Business competition and traffic in Pullman would be of no interest.
Thus, we can expect the final chapter of the Wal-Mart story in Pullman is about to be written with the start of construction of the Pullman store. This will allow Pullman Building Supply to start its new store also. There will be a revival of retailing in Pullman.
Donald Pelton, Pullman
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"The final chapter of the Wal-Mart story in Pullman is about to be written"
If you have never met Don Pelton, you're missing out. He is the kind of professor I wish I had back in college. His letter in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News is right on target, as usual.