No business, no growth

Published: Friday, July 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:25 p.m.
Jeannette Marie Hinsdale writes in her letter (June 23) to The Sun that she doesn't think local leaders need to blindly rubber stamp businesses. She doesn't have to worry about that.
We live in a community that has constantly shown anti-business and anti-growth attitudes toward major industries and other large companies while they fall all over themselves to cater to small businesses.
As a result, we also live in a community that is one of the poorest in the state while at the same time has some of the highest taxes when compared to other communities in this state.
And don't get me started on the underemployment problem we have here. Don Marsh's letter (June 11) hit the nail on the head when he described that we can't even get a Super Wal-Mart here, let alone any major factories that might produce some decent employment opportunities, which are seriously lacking in this community.
So, while we continue to focus on mom-and-pop businesses and proving how pro-green we are, we can sleep easier each night knowing that we can live here, but we'll still have to commute considerable distances to other communities that offer much better employment opportunities.
If that's the case, then what's the point of living here?
By the way, when the city has to beg a big-box store like Lowe's to move to the old Gainesville Mall on NW 13th Street, which is dying off fast and will do so even faster when Wal-Mart and Sam's Club leave the area, and when you see Verde Plaza, which has been sitting mostly vacant for a few months now since construction was completed, you have to wonder if any big-box stores will move to these areas under the present conditions.
Brian Taylor, Gainesville

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