Here is a link to Al Norman’s article on Sprawl-Busters about the Governor’s endorsement of Walmart.
Good for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, once more doing the dirty job that no one ever seems to want to do!
They’re calling out the Governor for endorsing developer Jeff Davis’ plan to put a Walmart in the little town of Derby. He’s comparing location of that gargantuan poverty mill to Bill Stenger’s high-end plans for neighboring Newport.
All I can say is, if they are in any way the same, we’d better take a much closer look at Mr. Stenger’s intentions.
The VNRC’s remarks are far more polite than my thoughts at the moment:
We’re especially disappointed to see the Governor supporting big box sprawl. We are very concerned that this development – which is the wrong scale in the wrong place – will undermine Newport City, one of the many downtowns that the State and so many others have been working hard to revitalize.
Governor Shumlin is making precisely the same statements about Walmart coming to Derby that Jim Douglas made a decade ago about St. Albans.
To this seasoned veteran of the Walmart wars, Peter Shumlin might as well be a Republican.
.He opposes increased tax contributions from the wealthy.
.He avoids offending the NRA
.He would fund education by reducing the Earned Income Tax Credit upon which poor families depend.
.He has demonstrated contempt for rules protecting our streams
…And now he endorses the “Walmartification” of Vermont.
He even parrots the same lie about folks being unable to buy underwear locally that was a feature of the ignorant arguments for Walmart in St. Albans.
It is beyond me to guess what kind of special underwear Mr. Shumlin imagines is available only at Walmart; but those of us who live and shop in the real world are fully capable of buying cheap underwear and socks in either St. Albans or Newport. My guess is that he gets his own knickers from far pricier places than JC Penney and the dollar store.
The Governor has disappointed me a-plenty over the past couple of years, but never more so than when he endorsed the completely false premise that Walmart means local prosperity.
He’s “hopeful it won’t be greeted with lots of opposition” and hints darkly at “forces outside the Kingdom” which he fears might get involved.
I’m hopeful that there will be plenty of opposition; and as someone “outside the Kingdom” will welcome the opportunity to share all that we in the Northwest Citizens For Responsible Growth have learned throughout the past decade about how Walmart impacts communities and how Mr. Davis works his way through the permit processes.
I wonder whether, over in the Kingdom, the Governor has as casually appointed District Commissioners as he did here in District 6?
When he had barely assumed office, aided in no small part by the efforts of progressive minded folks like myself who abhor the exploitation of Walmart, the Governor made it clear that his loyalty is to the monied class of developers and pocket padders.
Brushing aside our objections, he reappointed as commissioner, a man whose family business has recently re-located from downtown St. Albans City to Exit 20, so as to take advantage of the Walmart and other potential development out there; all of which has been and will be under review by that commissioner.
Not surprisingly, Davis’ Walmart slipped through Act 250 like butter.
Anyone like that on the District Commission for Derby?