Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Regarding Wal-Mart's plan to build a massive new structure coupled with an airport-sized parking lot, one has to wonder what's next. Don't misunderstand, I completely endorse capitalism in America. It is one of our greatest strengths. In America, I also feel the demise of many communities large and small can be attributed to the giant "mega-stores" that offer little more than discounted goods and minimum wage jobs. I sincerely hope (trust) the city and county of Hood River will stand firm with Wal-Mart, listen to the concerns of the community and expedite the county "inking" the 50,000 square-foot ordinance. Anything less would be a huge mistake.