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Wilderness 'outsiders' start with Walmart

July 21, 2010 12:35 am



Regarding Barbara Gatto's July 13 letter on Walmart and the Wilderness ["Let Walmart build"], let me make this perfectly clear: Preservationists in the area are not against Walmart. We are against where Walmart wants to build.

There are many suitable sites that are not on the battlefield; just because there are existing structures on it now doesn't make it right to build more.

Why go to Spotsylvania or Culpeper to shop at Walmart? The one in Central Park is about 14 miles away. It takes less than 30 minutes to get there from the Lake of the Woods front gate if you take River Road (and you hit all red lights and you are behind someone driving 5 mph under the speed limit).

Having Walmart nearby doesn't alleviate the traffic; it increases it!

Ms. Gatto writes about "outsiders." Walmart is made up of outsiders. Rob Walton, Walmart chairman, was born in Oklahoma and lives in Arkansas. CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright was born and raised in Ecuador. They are the ones doing the pushing. We are just pushing back.

If these outsiders have the right to try to destroy a historic area, then the preservationists' supporters (Ken Burns, David McCullough, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall), as well as people from the rest of the country, have a right to try to save it.

I am a preservationist and believe me, I have no money. I will gladly drive a few miles to shop (yes, I do shop at Walmart) if it will help preserve a historic area for our grandchildren.

Dorothy Mosso


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