Teens speak out about Wal-Mart

As young Hood River residents, we are writing to express our concern about the Wal-Mart superstore. We believe that allowing the 185,000 square foot monster Wal-Mart to be built on Country Club would be helping to destroy the small town atmosphere that makes Hood River such a great place to live. A four-acre Wal-Mart with twelve acres of parking does not belong in our rural community.

A Wal-Mart superstore would also bring with it adverse economic impacts on many local businesses. We fully agree with Grover Carter (Nov. 21), who said that the grocery department that Wal-Mart is planning would potentially put Rosauers and/or Safeway out of business. Those two grocery stores have been around for too long and done too much for the community for Hood River residents to let that happen.

Hood River is known for its beautiful scenery, and the proposed location of the new Wal-Mart on Country Club would make it one of the first things that people would see when entering Hood River. We think it is vital that Hood River protect its scenic resources that are so invaluable to its residents and visitors.

We, too, urge county officials to act quickly and adopt the city's ordinance restricting the development of new buildings to 50,000 square feet.

Jodie Gates

Becca Meierbachtol

Hood River

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