Sunday, August 06, 2006

"Is our citizens learning?"

Citizens in small towns around the country are fighting back against socio-economically abusive "big boxes" like Wal-Mart.

In 2003 several of my friends and coworkers were involved in the fight to prevent Wal-Mart from building on top of an economically sensitive aquifer recharge zone that would affect the health of the community and the survival of indigenous species that exist nowhere else in the world. Mayor Will Wynn voiced very strong disapproval of building on that site, and while the city council admitted they had very little recourse to prevent development at that site, the pressure and negative press caused by citizen opposition caused Wal-Mart to back down.

You don't have to sign petitions or have a blog to make a difference, and I feel that these people have done far more to improve life in America than I have by simply writing about it.

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