I apologize for not posting Friday. I was at the lake all weekend, and worked late tonight. Here is the first guest column. I don't really agree with all of Sherry's points I think you might enjoy her perspective. If you don't I'm sure you will let her know (I tried to warn her). If you would like to submit one just email me what you want to write about to the email at the left of the page and I'll get back to you.
I'll be back Thursday with another post, and get to the backlog of comments tomorrow night.
Enjoy - Scott R.
Why is Poplar Bluff Treading Water?
I've never done anything like this before, but I have a few things I want to get off my chest. I was born in Poplar Bluff and lived here all of my life, and want my children to do the same. If they are able to do that I think we are going to have to grow and progress, but not with more box stores. I am so tired of hearing that new businesses are coming to town only to find out that they are new box chain stores. I think stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot are what is killing our community. Its tough because we dont have a lot of loose money so I need a good deal, but I get by alright at Calhoun's, Pack's, Gamblin, The Wine Rack, and a lot of others. I think every time we buy stuff at those places its like sending money right to New York or probably China.
What really gets under my collar is that Poplar Bluff has a lot to offer with schools, a highway we are paying for, and the outdoor recreation that is great. With all of this we are not gaining, but losing. I work in the industrial park and even though we have all of these positives we lost Rowe, and I worry more may come. We need more local jobs that pay better wages.
To me the answer is we should promote our locally owned business. We dont seem to be doing a very good job of that. It takes two years to figure out where to put a halfway house while are spending thousands of dollars that dont stay in Poplar Bluff. I think the entire community should make a more concerted effort to shop with local businesses and stay out of the chains that take money out of town.
Thank you for reading,