Why people in Caledonia don’t want a Walmart store
If the Walmart store is built, Kmart will close, as will several other stores. Caledonia does not need several empty commercial buildings. There are a few small, very nice vacant commercial buildings in Caledonia now — we don’t need more.
The 4 Mile Road, when it was open, was a heavily traveled road. If Walmart is on that road it will add a lot of traffic and congestion. People living close to the site don’t want the traffic, noise, lights at night, litter, runoff and possible crime in their neighborhood.
When Walmart builds they apply for every government handout they can get. Why should taxpayers help the largest retailer in the world build? They build with the lowest-cost nonunion labor they can get. If the store isn’t profitable the store will be closed, leaving Caledonia with another vacant building.
I urge the Caledonia Village Board members, and everyone, to Google “The Walmart Effect.” The Village Board needs to understand what they are dealing with. The people pushing to build the Walmart store in Caledonia don’t care about Caledonia; they are greedy, selfish people who should be ashamed of themselves. It is time for the Caledonia Village Board to tell those people to get lost.
Board members who vote to allow Walmart to build will never be elected in Caledonia again, and may very well be shunned by other Caledonia residents.
Al Sorenson, Racine
No logic seen for streetlight removal
The citizens of Racine who are slated to lose their streetlights will experience an attendant loss of visibility and safety. I would urge those citizens to drive down 3 Mile Road from Main Street to Charles Street. Count the number of new, double and single lights. Then go home and see if your home block is really excessive.
If there is some quantifiable logic to the decision to remove streetlights I can’t figure out what it is. There is also less light in neighborhoods when trees are in bloom. Does anyone feel safer at night these days?
Louise Shapley, Racine
Giant wind turbines a distraction
While driving down Washington Avenue, I was shocked to see the giant “pinwheels” SC Johnson is building. They are a real eyesore and don’t belong in a place like that, in my opinion. It is a large distraction to drivers as you can’t help but look at them. I hope an accident doesn’t occur due to their presence. Where are the village planners when it comes to things like this?
They came down like a ton of bricks on poor Dairy Queen just because they wanted to paint their building using patriotic colors. Looks like whatever Johnson wants, Johnson gets. Especially when elected officials don’t have the guts to do the right thing. Did anybody think of the poor condo owners who have to look at the monstrosities? Are they going to get tax credits from Mount Pleasant? I’m sure Johnson will be getting federal credits. Moreover, wait until they crank them up and surrounding people have to listen to the noise and yes, there will be noise. Wind generators belong out in the county, i.e., on a wind farm, or out in Lake Michigan.
Paul Gyuro, Franksville
Have Koch brothers remodel kitchen
One has to wonder why anyone would need $500,000 to remodel a kitchen. We are in difficult financial times and she (Mrs. Walker) wants that kind of money? From what fund? Oh, education, that’s right, I forgot.
I do have a real solution for her — just call the “real” governors — the Koch brothers, I’m sure they will buy the new (governor’s mansion) kitchen for you, too.
Jill Boyd, Racine
Friends are not artificial
A friend does not say they appreciate you and then stab you in the back. A friend does not say one thing and does something else. That is a double standard. A friend does not always receive and give nothing back. A friend does not always think they are always right and you are always wrong. A friend does not read the Bible but does not live by it. To be a true friend you are not artificial.
John D. Grant, Racine