`Defining Moment'

Having traveled throughout the western states, I have come to see the small town charm of many a place spoiled by disproportionally large stores with megalithic parking lots.

It seems the basic argument for the new expanded Wal-Mart is . . . what was it again?

More stuff? Are we forgetting we already have a Wal-Mart! Then there are the people who argue that this mega-Wal-Mart will save them money. Apparently they are blind to the "other price tag" they will pay, the price Wal-Mart doesn't print on their labels. Wal-Marts funnel money out of communities into their corporate pockets and away from our friends and neighbors. None of the reasons argued for this store could justify the instability and damage it will cause to our community. The resoning is simple: we have a Wal-Mart, we have two excellent grocery stores: there is no need for another Wal-Mart. But Wal-Mart execs are not interested in the sound of reason only the sound of profits. If you think that saving your money and time is their goal, wake up!

This event should open our community's eyes. Hood River will lose so much. This is a defining moment in our community's development.

Mike and Jana Hannigan

Hood River

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