Ahem, soapboax, please. I applaud the valiant efforts of those in the Sellwood of neighborhood as they roll back the attempts made by low-price leader Wal*Mart in the construction of a new store in their neighborhood. I happen to live upstream of Sellwood (if you consider Johnson Creek a “stream”) in the Woodstock neighborhood, which is slightly more working class. When social injustice strikes at the core of MY neighborhood, the crying out for fairness is seldom heard.
Those of you who live in Woodstock know what I am talking about. For those of you who do not, here’s our beef. On Labor Day weekend, Plaid Pantry Corps. announced its intention to build one of its Super-Centers in our neighborhood. (In case you don’t know the difference between a “Super-Center” and a regular Plaid Pantry store, the Super-Centers also have groceries and are open 24 hours. There are even a few Pantries in rural areas, like Gresham, that sell gas.)
What’s awful about Plaid Pantry is that after one opens in your neighborhood, next thing you know, they’re on every corner. Before long the mom and pop stores (like 7-Eleven and am/pm) start to disappear. Because Plaid Pantry sells auto fuses and duct tape, they often run locally owned car parts and hardware stores out of business as well. There is also something fishy in that Tim’s Treats closed up shop days after the Plaid Pantry announcement.
There are two recent books on Plaid Pantry I suggest you look into if you want to learn more. The first is How Plaid Pantry is Destroying America and the World and What You Can Do About It, by cake-mix impresario Duncan Hines, and the second is The United States of Plaid Pantry
DP Friends, if you’d like to make a difference in the quality of life in the Woodstock neighborhood, I suggest you contact one of the Sam Adams types in our local government. However, if you want to stir real, grassroots action to support this local cause, I invite you to join me in a groundswell of phone calls and emails to the one soul in this town who can make a huge difference today: Lars Larson. You can reach Lars from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on his toll-free call-in line at 866-509-LARS or you can email Lars. Tell Lars your mad as all hell about the way the little guy is treated in this town, and he will set everything right once and for all. Thank you.