While the Richmond Times-Dispatch longs for the days when the streets were filled with anti-war protesters - see next post - and publishes silly articles about tiny numbers of degenerate anti-war protesters who show up on some street corner prepared to violently demonstrate their heartfelt beliefs in peace, normal people will all be flocking - by the hundreds - to the new Wal-Mart in Norton (a few mountains southwest of Bland, if you're wondering) to take advantage of the grand opening specials on bras, beer, and bug spray.
My guess is the folks at the Times-Dispatch will somehow miss this news.
Coalfield.com provides us with the opening day festivities:
Norton's new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened Wednesday morning following ceremonies that began at 7 a.m. as the sun began to rise over the mountain. Pastor Garrett Lee delivered the invocation, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4301 presented the colors, and the John I. Burton High School Band performed the national anthem. A special tribute was made to Wal-Mart founder Sam M. Walton. (link)Celebrate the antics of that beanbrain, Cindy Sheehan down in Crawford, Texas if you will. We reserve our tributes for those who've actually improved our lot in life. And nobody has had a greater effect on the lives of people struggling to keep afloat here in Southwest Virginia than has Sam Walton.
Not only did old Sam make it possible for people down this way to obtain the amenities everyone else in the USA takes for granted, we get them at a super-low discount price. And, if that wasn't reason enough to call out the marching band, there's this:
The store will employ about 450, which includes 200 jobs created by the relocation. More than 1,700 people applied for jobs at the new store, according to [Store Manager Marlene] McGee.Well, the jobs made available by Wal-Mart's relocation to a new Supercenter site don't compare to all the manufacturing jobs lost in this area*, but they'll stave off the need for a few local residents to pack their bags and move north.
"We were thrilled with the large pool of applicants we had for our jobs," said McGee. "It makes me proud to work for this company where there truly are unlimited opportunities."
So, everybody, let's sing the Wal-Mart jingle!
"Wal-Mart is your savings store, where your dollar buys you more."
Or was that Kmart?
No matter. Let's party! We got us a Wal-Mart Superstore!
By the way, our Congressman Rick Boucher was nowhere to be seen on Grand Opening Day. With all his talk about the need for job growth in his district, "the fighting ninth (?)," Wal-Mart's creation of 200 new jobs - the largest by one company in several years - didn't rate his interest. He'd rather devote millions in (our) tax dollars to the creation of new jobs - one at a time.
* For a related article regarding declining student enrollment this year in Wise County schools, click here.
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