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Driving from the Clay Center down Main Street recently, I had this great feeling I describe as “I just love this town!”

I recently had the pleasure of shopping in a wonderful grocery store, The Fresh Market. I felt grocery store envy in a store smaller than City Market with far more fresh food and healthy products at affordable prices, all beautifully displayed.

We don’t need 58,000 square feet for City Market to give us the “upscale store” that I didn’t know we were asking for. We simply want a store offering better quality, affordable, organic food.

Why build a giant store for a corporation like Kroger that has not demonstrated investment in our community or non-profits? If they cared about serving us better, why haven’t they done so already in the space they have, now filled with tons of non-food products and extremely unhealthy, processed foods?

A 58,000-square-foot store means more time shopping as we bypass more aisles of unnecessary stuff. Midvalley folks are not going to drive to Carbondale for this shopping experience.

What City Market needs is competition from a smaller, high quality, affordable store like The Fresh Market or a Sunflower Market. The current VCR proposal will simply homogenize our town and leave an empty shell of a building across street.

Carbondale has attracted many skilled and intelligent young people. So many of them oppose this project. They represent the future and we should listen to them.

It would be wonderful if all of us, on both sides of this issue, could feel excited and supportive of the VCR project.

What if it featured a healthy food market, a conference center, an alternative energy institute, a straw bale, unique hotel attracting tourists and conference attendees? These would reflect Carbondale’s unique character, provide jobs, bring income from visitors and not just count on locals shopping there. There is no shortage of ideas for sustainable, exciting and income-producing development.

It would be so great to drive by there, feeling positive about the development, and say, “Yes! I love this town!”

Diane Kenney


What a shame that our president rejected the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have stretched 1,661 miles and would carry 700,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast. It would have crossed six states and created an estimated 20,000 jobs.

This decision sends a clear message to all Americans: In an election year, jobs and U.S. energy security are not the White House’s priority. The president promised to do what is right for the country, not what is electorally popular for a narrow margin of his base. That’s a promise he should keep.

The State Department said in a report to Congress on Jan. 19 that the pipeline would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs during the two years needed to build the project, based on labor expenses TransCanada included in its application.

TransCanada has intentions to re-route the pipeline and re-apply for a permit again, but that won’t be until the later part of 2013. So it appears that America must wait. Let’s hope Obama is not in office in 2013 so that we can provide jobs to our people and stability to our economy.

Tina Holtz


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