I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
First, here is an email I received from a supporter and again I have removed the personal information, but it makes a very good point (They are older and on a fixed income).
I have been reading and following the blogs/news and say that, yes I am quite surprised and disappointed with what I read, why are our leaders so unaware of the wants and needs of the people of this community. For what it is worth between yourself and I, you just cannot make a silk purse from a sows ear. I have never attended a recent council meeting without being amazed with some comment made by the council, their common sense does not prevail or representing the people, too much me & I.
Looking at profiling, to which some make the mistake as generalizing, to look at one of the main groups of people pushing back on this Wal-Mart coming to Cudahy is quite interesting. These are not the only ones.
They are idealistic, mainly born and raised in Cudahy they are in the 30's and early 40's and has always looked out for what they perceive as the best interest of the city. They feel Wal-Mart would change us from a local, self-sufficient town to a regional shopping hub. They want to continue with how the city was as a small city that has boundaries and not many stores. They are used to traveling to buy their goods. They have been active parents in the schools, little league, scouts, and other causes wanting the city to be a better place growing up for their children here, hopefully in Cudahy.
Typical they are “not a fan” of Wal-Mart, too much crime argument, of course we truly know that is not the case. If they would open their eyes and ears, they too would know the truth. They don’t want to be told to make a call to another city like Franklin, because that is Franklin and not Cudahy. If Wal-Mart comes to Cudahy “screams of doomsday predictions,” so too will the crime. It is more then a belief to them, it is the truth. All one would need to do is have a candid conversation with Police Chief Oliva of Franklin, but they don’t want to hear it. That would ruin the paradigm of images they have in their head.
They don’t want to take their personal feeling out and take a step back and look at the facts that they cannot be driven by pure emotion. They tend not to understand that there is a need to have an injection of common sense or a voice of reason for the whole. They fail to grasp that people who don’t look forward, always have to keep looking back.
They would NEVER want to know that a Wal-Mart Supercenter, either on the Pennsylvania & Layton site, or the Ice Port site, come the end of the day, has more positives than negatives to it. If on Penn, it would bring the mid box and other retailers that would NEVER even look at Cudahy. The Iceport site, while a bit more compacted and deeper into the city, appears to be attractive, and again, coupled with the Wave Facility, and other mid box retailers, and some small specialty shops, could turn out to be a very positive development for the city in the $35 to $45 million range. To them this CANNOT be true.
They are willing to wait as long as it takes to find someone else other than Wal-Mart. How long we wait for someone else to come forward doesn’t matter? Six months, one year, two years, five years, ten years? How long you ask? Until there is someone that they like someone or something has to be better. They fail to understand that someone else will not like that selection. That is okay because it was something they approved of.
They offer no real criticisms and may be motivated just by their dislike for Wal-Mart rather than what is best for the city and its residents.
They believe “we can do better than a Wal-Mart" is always their response. When asked what they or the city should propose, you will see the deer in the headlights look, with no response. It is great to say we should set our sights high, however when you have nothing to back it up, this same destination point (we can do better attitude) is the same problem that got the city into trouble in getting involved in the failed ice structure.
These are the Cudahy persons who are against the Wal-Mart; the obstacle in our path. Do they even care about people on fixed incomes?
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will. - Ronald Reagan