Thursday, September 6, 2001
Please! I wish someone would tell me what the name Wal-Mart triggers in the minds of so many otherwise sane and sensible people. Is it that the sky is falling, apoplectic seizures, or maybe a full-blown Las Vegas casino?
After all, we've had a Wal-Mart store here for about nine years now and if I'm not mistaken all the same "hysterical allegations" were voiced then as now. Please excuse me, Dennis (Karnopp, Warm Springs Tribal attorney) for taking your quote out of context. And when the store has moved in and the dust had settled, life went on and no one was really hurt.
I'd bet that 90 percent of the pople in this valley have shopped in our Wal-Mart or are somewhere in the U.S. I'd venture to say that at least 50 percent of the local people are glad that Wal-Mart is here in town. And I'm sure that 99 percent of the Wal-Mart employees are glad they have the work, and that they pay better than McDonald's or Dairy Queen.
Ah! Maybe I answered my own question. Better pay?
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge