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Wal-Mart drops plan to build near Civil War site
Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1/27/11 | Bill Berkrot

Posted on 01/28/2011 2:57:15 AM PST by markomalley

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it has dropped plans to build a superstore near the site of an historic 1864 Civil War battlefield in Virginia, bowing to pressure from preservationists.

The world's largest retailer had been approved to build on the 52-acre site near Orange, Virginia, but ran into strong opposition from those looking to preserve the site near one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

The Battle of the Wilderness, considered one of the war's turning points, marked the first clash between the two sides' top generals -- Ulysses Grant for the Union and Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: dixie; nevermind; retail; virginia; walmart

1 posted on 01/28/2011 2:57:16 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Wal-Mart should be thanked and encouraged for having dropped this insulting scheme.


2 posted on 01/28/2011 2:59:38 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: ZULU

And heer I wuz thinkun that “neer” ment thre milz.


3 posted on 01/28/2011 3:00:34 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: ZULU

Large companies like Wal-Mart don’t do anything out of the goodness of their heart. I wonder what they’re planning?


4 posted on 01/28/2011 3:07:31 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well, how near is near? Didn’t see anything in the article other than the appearance of maybe on the site of the battle, but nothing specific.

...and meanwhile, the second supercenter to be built in Rapid City, has been put on hold and in question due TIF denial by city council.


5 posted on 01/28/2011 3:13:45 AM PST by wita
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To: K-Stater

The comical thing here...is that the US is one of the few countries in the world...that turns battlefields into major areas that cannot be touched. If you go to France, Germany, Italy, or the Netherlands...there are battlefield monuments but no one takes up a 1k acres and demands it to be preserved for eternity. Even if you did....and you counted up Roman battles and all the various campaigns over a thousand years...then most of Europe would be some forbidden-to-build area.


6 posted on 01/28/2011 3:32:03 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: K-Stater

I think they responded to public pressure. Besides, its good PR.


7 posted on 01/28/2011 3:32:11 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

These civil war battle sites are sacred ground. Americans died fighting for what they believed there by the tens of thousands.

Visit the Battlefield Cemetery at Fredericksburg. You will see row on row of markers with numbers on them 2, 3, 5. 6. The number of unknown American soldiers buried there.

These sites need to be preserved so future generations MIGHT be prompted to learn what the Bolsheviks in the school systems refuse to teach them.


8 posted on 01/28/2011 3:36:54 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: pepsionice
The comical thing here

Europe is a comical monument to stupidity, greed and war. Other than that I have no problem with Europe.

9 posted on 01/28/2011 3:38:24 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: ZULU

I don’t think Walmart’s decision will cause the Walmart haters to have a change of heart. It sounds to me like Walmart realized that they couldn’t prevail against a non-relenting barrage of negative press. There is a concerted effort, using union money, to force Walmart to unionize. The “Walmart is bad for America” stories will not stop because of this decision to not build at this site.


10 posted on 01/28/2011 3:43:34 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: ZULU

Chatham is a fascinating place. http://www.nps.gov/frsp/chatham.htm


11 posted on 01/28/2011 3:44:23 AM PST by ZinGirl
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To: 1raider1

A few years back Disney wanted to put a theme park near Bull Run. The locals fought them tooth and nail.

Disney does everything pretty much first class, I think that it would have actually enhanced our appreciation of the war and what happened there.

How far was Walmart from The Wilderness Site?


12 posted on 01/28/2011 4:00:28 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -24 today and -27 by the end of the month.)
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To: nikos1121

I think and this only my opinion, if you looked deeply at the so-called public outrage, you would find it was ginned-up and not a true reflection of the locals feelings. Maybe at the end, after much agitation, but not at first


13 posted on 01/28/2011 4:06:06 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: markomalley

14 posted on 01/28/2011 4:18:32 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: nikos1121

Here’s a map from a preservation organization that shows the Walmart site...

http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/wilderness/maps/wilderness-battlefield-appeal.html

The Battle of the Wilderness site is about 12 miles west of Fredericksburg, Virginia, partly in Spotsylvania County and partly in Orange County...

http://www.nps.gov/frsp/planyourvisit/upload/Driving%20Tour%20Map.pdf

Orange County is disappointed with the decision...

http://orangecountyva.gov/documents/PressRelease-Walmartfinal_001.pdf


15 posted on 01/28/2011 4:21:19 AM PST by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: K-Stater
Large companies like Wal-Mart don’t do anything out of the goodness of their heart.

Large companies, like Walmart, are made up of people. People like you. The corporate culture of Walmart, DOES include lending a hand to those in need. Perhaps you forgot this?

Wal-Mart trucks © Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

A convoy of Wal-Mart trucks carrying supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina waits to enter New Orleans three days after the storm hit.

Real Katrina hero? Wal-Mart, study says

I personally know a Walmart employee, who is Cherokee, is empowered by Walmart to reach out to the high school children of the very poor for the sole purpose of distributing Walmart scholarship money.

16 posted on 01/28/2011 4:27:22 AM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

Thank You.


17 posted on 01/28/2011 4:31:53 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: pepsionice

comical? Who gives a rats ass what the europeans do. There’s nothing wrong with preserving our history.


18 posted on 01/28/2011 4:34:33 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 1raider1

What do unions have to do with historical battlefield sites?

If you were truly a free market supporter you wouldn’t condemn the market when it pushes back against a company.


19 posted on 01/28/2011 4:42:20 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nikos1121

“Disney does everything pretty much first class, “

Yeah! Just imagine having Gay Days and learning about the Civil War at the same time!


20 posted on 01/28/2011 4:44:47 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
From Orange Co. VA news release:

Forces from largely outside the County, using exaggeration, took advantage of the horrors of the Civil War to achieve their own goals. Their approach was contrary to a federal battlefield commission which encouraged cooperation with the locality. Even the eminent Dr. James McPherson conceded that no event of historic significance occurred on this land.

21 posted on 01/28/2011 4:50:23 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: markomalley

Hurray! This heritage must be preserved so that history cannot be erased.


22 posted on 01/28/2011 4:51:14 AM PST by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: driftdiver
Nothing says Walmart discount prices like building on an open grave of dead Americans. Many soldiers remains laid in the fields at Wilderness for years until collections could be taken up to bury them.


23 posted on 01/28/2011 4:51:59 AM PST by WaterBoard
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

My girlfriend’s car was hit by a car cutting through parking spaces at a walmart. The cops arrived and the other driver swore that my GF was at fault.

Within 5 min. of the cop arriving a walmart manager came out of the store and gave the cop a CD disk of the security camera footage showing the idiot driver cutting through spaces and T-boning my GF’s car.

It was a very nice gesture on Walmart’s part and erased the memory of one of their cashiers putting a 1/2 gallon of milk on top of a loaf of bread on an earlier trip.


24 posted on 01/28/2011 4:59:46 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: 1raider1

My pleasure :-)


25 posted on 01/28/2011 10:59:55 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Rebelbase
I'm sure Walmart has policies on everything-- but the quick response to your GF car incident may have been the personal intervention of the store manager. Ok, I know pretty much everything is taped at Walmart -- but deciding what tapes to use, without court order, suggests perhaps that maybe there was a Walmart employee who was a witness to this offense and spoke with his manager. And it was that conversation that resulted in the release of the tapes.

Just guessing. I have no way to know. But you can make a difference by letting the Home Office know of the actions of the store manager of your GF's Walmart. -- If you can't identify the store number, it should be right there on the receipt (top left corner next to st#) . if your receipt is damaged, then I would advise contacting the home office about the actions of your Walmart store manager with the store's address.

Your response will help identify the Walmart stores were customer service is above and beyond!

26 posted on 01/28/2011 11:30:44 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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