I'll be catching up on several stories I missed in the days to come.
In her Town Crier column last Wednesday, Queen Nancy's Handmaiden Julia Parker informed us that she is leaving the country for a year and made up a little "To Do" list for her fellow moonbats while she is gone.
One of Parker's "To Dos" read:
Elect more good people to city and county government. That means you at least have to vote. Let's move toward smart growth and sustainable economic development and away from blind development like the "Garagmahal" on the Pullman-Moscow Highway and events like the Moscow Motorcycle Rally. (Whose idea was that anyway?)Let's start with the "Garagemahal." It's a storage unit. When the zoning was being discussed for the Pullman-Moscow corridor 15 years ago, one of the things that (most) everyone agreed on was that the corridor would be best used for things that didn't easily fit within Moscow or Pullman city limits like storage units and car dealerships.
The Brundtland Commission, set up by the United Nations General Assembly, defined "sustainable development" as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
By that definition, you would be hard-pressed to find a development more "sustainable" than mini-storage units. The units are made of metal. Metal is the most sustainable material in the world, as it can be melted down and reused over and over and over again. The mini-storage units will give off no pollution and use no water. Mini-storage units allow people to reuse goods they have purchased versus tossing their old items into overburdened landfills or buying new things that would further deplete natural resources used to manufacture and transport the items.
For that matter, storage is the exact opposite of "crass consumerism" and the "cheap disposable society" so despised by Ms. Parker. Heck, mini-storage is a socialist's dream. Money changes hands with absolutely nothing being produced.
Furthermore, mini-storage units have no traffic impact. They are "mom and pop" businesses that keep local dollars in the community. Storage units are generally not national chains and therefore maintain our "small town charm." And as not many people other than the owner are employed at the storage unit, I'm sure it pays a living wage with good benefits.
No, Ms. Parker's slam on the "Garagemahal" demonstrates the point that I always make about our local elitists. All the talk about sustainability, smart growth, water, etc. is hogwash. They don't take it seriously so neither do I. Ms. Parker doesn't like the "Garagemahal" presumably because she thinks it is ugly and has a tacky name. Ditto with her comments on the Moscow motorcycle rally.
Here's one more "To Do" for Parker and her fellow snobs who leave the Palouse: Don't bother coming back.