The homeowners in Northwest Houston who are fighting to prevent a 24-hour Wal-Mart from opening up nearby have gotten some help from their county commissioner, who has looked into the possibility of buying the land and turning it into a park. It's unlikely to happen, since the land owner has a contract with Wal-Mart, which in turn has an option on the land. But you never know.
Jerry Eversole, the county commissioner, wasn't too happy about how his consituents came to him for help, either:
Eversole said he would also be meeting with Wal-Mart officials, though he added that he was getting deeply involved in the controversy only after feeling political heat from constituents.
"I have received half a dozen to 20 letters saying, `Why don't you stand up for your people?' and `I guarantee I'll remember this at the polls,' " he said.
"I explained to the West Road Alliance there are two ways to ask for something -- logically and with threats, and that threats aren't a good way to operate. I don't enjoy being threatened."
But Eversole, a Republican incumbent facing Democratic and Libertarian challengers on Election Day, said he opted to help because the group has a legitimate gripe, not because of threats.
Sheesh. Are there any sympathetic characters in this story?Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 02, 2002 to Elsewhere in Houston