Friday, March 23, 2007

Our city council is blind!

Door County citizens urged to oppose Wal-Mart expansion
Fair Enterprise responds to the latest SuperCenter proposal

It is critical that the Mayor and City Council hear community reaction to the proposed SuperCenter. Therefore, Fair Enterprise has written a petition. It can be sent to the council via e-mail, or if you prefer, it can be edited, then sent. You may also decide to write your own letter. Additionally, if you live in the city of Sturgeon Bay, you may want to talk to your alderman.
In a recent conversation with a city alderman, Betty Parsons says, "I was told the council thinks the new proposal meets with resident approval, as there have been almost no statements of concern from constituents. So, input is critical and your opinion could well make a difference."
Fair Enterprise encourages citizens to take a few minutes to state your position to elected officials, as the community's integrity, environmental health and economic viability must be protected.
The following petition, which was written to save time, should be cut 'n pasted into an e-mail and sent directly to Sturgeon Bay City Hall at Clerk will provide hard copies to the Mayor and City Council (elected officials have not provided e-mail addresses for the public) and will e-mail copies to city staff.
Be sure to put your name and address on the e-mail you send. If you have any questions, please contact Betty Parsons at 920.743.2303.
Almost no statements of concern???? What the hell do you think all those people marching in front of city hall were? Or all those houses that have "No big box" signs in their yard???? MY GOD, THEY HAVE TO BE FREAKING BLIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And there was a Q&A session with the two people running for mayor. The opening statements of each are below.

You are voting for an-the individual that you feel best understands the needs of the community and will act on behalf of the entire community over the course next - 3 - years
You are voting for the individual who will provide leadership, to our community, over the course - of the next - 3 - years.
Through my extensive experience, in leadership roles in business, community service, and government I offer proven, efective, and respected leadership

What did we have to hide, you know? I think all we do by not opening up communication in the city is just build distrust. When I become mayor I've told people I want to open up those council meetings, definately committee meetings, people have said 'well how are you going to do that? it's going to be chaos - you're going to have 2 or 3 people that always come there and they've got something to say and nobody can get a word in edgewise.' But it can be done - where there's a will there's a way - and a lot of the people I've talked to say that that's very important. So that's my number one issue - to improve communication in the city, and open it up so everyone get's an opportunity to be involved in the process.

Now I ask you - WHICH of them do you think will be a better mayor - someone who puffs up their chest patting themselves on the back for all their accomplishments? Or someone down to earth who actually cares about others instead of only thinking of himself???

OH, before I forget, I've just created a new discussion group over on Yahoo for those who wish to talk about Sturgeon Bay & Door County. Come on over - it's at (There's also a link to it on the right of the blog entries, down near the bottom)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Warren Bluhm refuses to print, acts only semi-sane.

SO, for the past month I have been TRYING to get a letter to the editor printed - a response to a pro-walfart letter written by a VERY clueless old woman. Warren Bluhm has from the start stonewalled me, claiming I do not exist. Finally, I scanned in the front of a package with my name and address on it - shipped in august 2005 as further evidence that I DO in fact exist.

-----Original Message-----

From: Gynsu Samatoshi

Sent: Sat 3/17/2007 10:46 AM

To: Bluhm, Warren; DCA-Editorial mbxCc:

Subject: Here's your proof!.

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I will expect to see this letter in the Advocate by March 24th at the

This is in response to Mrs. Julius Vertz and her letter on walmart.

This great nation was founded on freedom. to state there is no way to win
so why try makes it sound as if you are NOT an American.

It is true - walmart WOULD lower prices, but do you know how they do it?

They do it by dictating to those farmers and manufacterers the price they will buy products for. What that means is each year, walmart expects those suppliers to sell at a lower price than the year before, which winds up pushing them to export all production overseas, costing american's their jobs.

Soon, despite moving production overseas, the prices walmart demands are so low that those American companies wind up going totally out of business.

Walmart does not care about us. They do not care how many people they hurt, or what laws they break (and they have broken A LOT of them, and been busted for it) or how many water supplies they poison. They only care about getting gullible people into their stores to buy cheap junk that the overseas labor winds up cutting corners on just to break even.

Saying you want a supercenter up here is like screaming out loud "I love
satan". Is that what you want people to see in you - someone who wants cheap junk and will sell not only their soul but everyone else's to get it?

By the way, like you I'm not rich - far from it. But I REFUSE to accept
help from such a disonest and greedy company.
Gynsu Samatoshi

His response is both puzzling AND bordering upon offensive.

Subject: RE: Here's your proof!.

Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 13:06:11 -0500

From: "Bluhm, Warren" <>

To: "Gynsu Samatoshi"

Give it up, Reid. You may think I'm stupid, but I'm not a complete

Obviously this "Reid" is someone he knows - but WHY he would think that I am "Reid" is beyond comprehension.
HOWEVER, Mr. Bluhm IS getting up there in years, and DOES work for another walmart-like company (Gannett)......
Maybe the pair of factors has, as the saying goes, "driven him around the bend".