I cannot believe that our local paper would reprint an article that shows the ignorance of a reporter, if that is what she is, to our first amendment rights. I am referring to the May 18 reprint of an article by Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun. Referring to the article, apparently a retail store owner should not have the right to sell or not to sell what they wish. (Within the law, of course). Perhaps Ms. Reimer would rather infringe on the store's right to free speech. With this mindset perhaps we ought to force Kmart to sell all types of guns since they elected to not sell some types of guns, because it should be my second amendment right to buy one if I want, not the store's telling me what I can buy. Or should you tell the local Christian book store that they must carry pornographic books so that you may choose the books you want to read? Rather silly don't you think? Ms. Reimer apparently hasn't heard of the Internet; you can get almost anything you want there, so don't force others to conform to your beliefs, just shop somewhere else. But in reality this reprint is probably just another fraudulent attack on Wal-Mart. I shop there and I also shop at other stores, that's my choice; if you don't like them, shop somewhere else. This is the true beauty of living under our Constitution, and let's hope people like her do not continue to twist and distort it to fit their whims.
Meeting was a travesty
The Baxter Planning and Zoning Meeting was a travesty against citizens and democracy.
The chair opened by saying no "emotional" material allowed.
Only facts and findings were appropriate. Can these reflect the truth for quality of life, personal ethics, and future hopes?
Scores of citizens requested further research (EIS) be done. Many speakers represented hundreds more in the form of Perch Lake Association, CRD, and local businesses. Fifty letters were for the EIS and nine opposed. Two people stated: "Wal-Mart is good for the economy"..not a verified fact.
Andy Larson raised real concerns about the aggregate effect of Home Depot, the new school plus a Superstore on water issues. Todd Holman made light of discrepancies between reporting agencies. Another member reported picking trash from cattail filled run-off ponds, followed by: "If walleye fries can be raised in there..." Is this a "scientific statement" that the water is pure and the walleye would be edible?
Mr. Larson moved that the EIS be done to facilitate the decision regarding an irreversible change to Baxter's landscape. Questions, so far banned, and the wishes of the community would be addressed.
Rich Wiersalla and Ron Matich voted no. Why? But worse, Chair Bob Kinzel, turning on the informed majority who had, in good faith, participated in the government process; broke the tie with his: No.
Mr. Kinzel, "suited elite staff" of Wal-Mart, citizens of our counties, what happened to the system of: by the people, for the people and of the people?
Wal-mart is not our "Manifest Destiny". Historically, the indigenous, Mexican nationals and those in the way of "economic progress" know the results when people are not a factor.
Regardless of the issue, my final hope is in a system by, for and of the people.
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