Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, December 17, 2007

Say What?

Actually, I didn't mention the City Council because I distinctly remember Tom Forbes and the Forbes Gang at the time saying the City Council had NOTHING to do with the Wal-Mart decision and that people should NOT vote for candidates on that basis. They pointed out that the decision on the Site Plan and SEPA evaluation were not under the jurisdiction of the City Council. It sounds like the same people (hard to say since they don't identify themselves) have now changed their tune!
- Chris Lupke, Comment on Moscow-Pullman Daily News website, 12/17/2007
How can you help? Sign the boycott petition against a Pullman Wal-Mart. And if you are registered, vote in the upcoming election. In Ward 3 (most of campus), Judy Krueger is running in favor of responsible development, which does not include this massive boondoggle. In Ward 1, part of College Hill and other areas in town, Gary Johnson is running as a write-in candidate for the same causes. Please vote for them. Students are entitled to a voice in the place they live.
- Chris Lupke, Daily Evergreen, October 27, 2005
I received a card too. Asked them not to build. Sent it back right away. I heard they didn't get many pro-Walmart cards. Guess that's why they never made a big deal of it afterwards.
- Anonymous comment, Moscow-Pullman Daily News website, 12/17/2007
We feel we have strong support from long-term Pullman residents that know what's good for their community.
- Wal-Mart spokesman Eric Berger, Spokesman Review, March 12, 2005

Berger was referring to a Wal-Mart survey in which every permanent resident of Pullman (about 9,000) was contacted by mail in early 2005. Wal-Mart received back 6,000 responses. 4,000 of those respondents supported the Supercenter project, a ratio of 2 to 1. Wal-Mart also contacted more than 1,000 registered Pullman businesses and an even larger majority expressed support. I have a copy of the results of Wal-Mart's survey.

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