Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Quote of the Year

Our customers are waiting for us to get through these legal hurdles.We are not walking away from Pullman. It's a key market for us.
- Washington Wal-Mart Public Affairs Manager Jennifer Holder as quoted in the November 27 issue of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News

An anonymous PARDner wrote in a comment on the Daily News website that "Holder must not read her e-mail."

Let's take a look at PARD's vaunted 10,000 signature petition as Wal-Mart sees it:

10,000 signatures equals 4,000 signatures from people who actually LIVE in Pullman equals 771 votes for anti-Wal-Mart candidates in the 2005 city council election equals 75 SEPA comments equals zero members of the city council, zero mayors, zero big-box bans, zero store size caps, zero living wage ordinances, zero dark store ordinances AND ZERO POLITICAL POWER.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart sent out a mail survey in March 2005 to the roughly 7500 permanent residents of Pullman. 4000 people responded indicating support for the proposed Supercenter. Wal-Mart also contacted more than 1000 registered Pullman businesses, and an even larger majority expressed support. I have the results of that survey in my possession. The list contains the names of some of the most prominent citizens of Pullman.

In addition, I have been contacted by literally hundreds of people over the past three years, by phone, by e-mail, and in person at my place of employment or as I just walk around town. They all tell me they want Wal-Mart and ask when is it going to open. I make sure Wal-Mart knows all about this, in addition to forwarding them things like the petition from the seniors who live at Pioneer Square Apartments. And I told Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and the Vice President of Wal-Mart Real Estate face-to-face that the majority of Pullman residents want Wal-Mart.

Sorry PARDners. When you are out grocery shopping at the Co-Op, attending an English Department faculty meeting, going to a Barack Obama Meet Up or phone banking for the Whitman County Democrats, you are NOT hearing the voice of the majority. Don't presume to speak for us.

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1 comment:

Mattwi said...

Too bad Walmart did not send out the survey once again at the beginning of 2007... Would have been more proof that people want Walmart here...