Letters to the Editor

Wed
15
Oct

There are two sides to the Wal-Mart debate

As I read the Letters to the Editor section in the Sept. 26 issue, I find it odd that all three letters were written on how bad Wal-Mart is for Stoughton.

In all three letters it was all the negatives that were mentioned. I like to approach a situation or an issue with the fact that there are two sides to them.

Let’s start with the first inaccurate statement – low wages – compared to what? A doctor? A lawyer? Or to other retail employees in Stoughton. Take a survey and do some comparisons and see if this point is valid.

Next item that was mentioned – Products. Wal-Mart products are low quality, unhealthy, made overseas. So you are implying that the products in all the other stores in Stoughton are of a superior quality and only made in the United States. Go buy 10 items in Ace Hardware, Asleson’s and all the shops on Main Street, and let’s compare where they were made.

Mon
13
Oct

KPW development needed to attract families to our community

I agree totally with the letter Bert Lohr submitted to the Hub last week regarding Stoughton’s need for the KPW development to attract more families to the area.

I, too, commend the mayor, the city administration and the majority of the City Council for planning and working for Stoughton to be a progressive, attractive and growing city.

Peggy Kiss
City of Stoughton

Mon
13
Oct

City shouldn’t add to Walton family wealth

The Walton family, according to a recent estimation, is worth $148.6 Billion. Billion.

Why on earth should the city of Stoughton spend one red cent of our tax money on a tax incremental district to augment those already obscene riches?

Would someone help me out with this?

Steven Fortney
City of Stoughton

Mon
13
Oct

KPW will only hurt downtown more

I have some very serious concerns about the impact that a Kettle Park West development would have on the City of Stoughton.

I would like to see a city that supports local merchants and locally owned business.  The economic impact analysis concludes that the development will drain spending from the downtown and move it to Wal-Mart.

I would like to see a city that has a vibrant and walkable downtown district and minimal sprawl. Moving spending from local downtown business to Wal-Mart at the edge of town will leave a sprawling ring of commerce around a struggling downtown.

I would like to see a city that supports creation of jobs that earn a living wage. While the development might bring jobs to the area, they are of such low wages that full time workers still need enormous public assistance in order to make ends meet (Forbes 4/15/2014). Let’s not support this kind of job.

Thu
02
Oct

City needs KPW development to attract more families to the area

I read the weekly letters that “bad-mouth” the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter development, and I wonder how these negative attitudes are attractive to people and businesses that consider moving here.

Stoughton has a nice downtown, a good school system and fine facilities for healthcare. But in the 12 years we have lived here, Stoughton has basically stagnated. Population is decreasing when surrounding communities are growing; the number of students is going down; the city itself has had no new housing developments with single-family homes affordable for young families with children (one year recently there was one new single-family home built in the whole city).

Other cities that surround Madison present a more active and attractive image, and that is where the people and businesses new to the area go.

Thu
02
Oct

Thanks for a great homecoming

Stoughton High School Student Senate would like to thank the community for supporting and contributing to the success of this year’s Homecoming week.

We greatly appreciate all the support that was shown by area businesses, community members, families and the Stoughton community as a whole.  We are Stoughton!

Stoughton High School Student Senate

Wed
24
Sep

Kettle Park West could severely impact local stores

The economic impact analysis for Kettle Park West gives us a lot to think about. 

According to the report, one result of a Wal-Mart Supercenter coming to town would be a loss of revenue of between 5 and 25 percent for existing businesses that will compete with it, “particularly in such areas as groceries, hardware, electronics, pharmacy, and personal care products” (Courier Hub, Sept. 18). 

With losses of up to a quarter of their revenue, some of these stores will probably go out of business.  Imagine what Stoughton would look like without Pick ‘N’ Save, Jacobson Brothers, Cheesers, Yahara River Co-op, Asleson’s True Value, Stoughton Lumber, Radio Shack, and McGlynn’s Pharmacy, to name a few.  Some may survive, but it will likely be a struggle for them. 

Despite the incompleteness of the economic impact analysis, it shows that Kettle Park West will mean tremendous challenges for some of the local businesses that many of us love and support.

Wed
24
Sep

Wal-Mart shouldn’t be key to city’s development

I have just finished reading the most recent article, “Officials question impact analysis,” in the Courier Hub regarding the Wal-mart/Kettle Park West development.

I am so disappointed that our city is considering this as “a key component in their economic development strategy.” Is this the best we can offer our Stoughton High School graduates: a part-time, minimum wage job, with little or no benefits, at Wal-Mart? We have a business and industrial park on the northeast side. Our high school has a wonderful technology lab in which students are learning some great skills. Why not follow up on this and look for businesses that can use those skills?

Wed
24
Sep

Wal-Mart study oversimplifies city’s social, economic factors

I am not fully against the Kettle Park West Development.

I reviewed parts of The Economic Impact Analysis for Kettle Park West Commercial Development. It is clear that a lot of planning has gone in to the development of Kettle Park West. It could bring some nice additions to Stoughton as the city continues to grow.

However, the Economic Impact Analysis assumes a linear relationship between factors that oversimplifies more complex sociographic realities.

For example, the Economic Impact Analysis states that the average income in the Primary Market Area is just over $71,000 and further posits that these households have more resources to devote to retail goods and services. It is a flaw to assume that, because one may have expendable income, one will give it to Wal-Mart.

The analysis shares valuable information. We all must be careful consumers, however, of the conclusions it reaches.

Wed
17
Sep

Too many downsides in KPW study

I do not support the Kettle Park West Development.

From the beginning it has seemed rushed and secretive, two signs that far more investigation is required. Much more needs to be done.

I do not support providing Wal-Mart with millions of dollars of Stoughton’s money. I took a look at the consultant’s partial report. It states that the project will likely have these consequences:

“Potential negative impacts include:

• Some potential loss of business at existing retailers in the community from the expansion of Wal-Mart to a supercenter; the loss of business to existing retailers will vary in degree depending on the extent to which businesses have products and services that compete directly with products offered at the Wal-Mart Supercenter or other businesses at Kettle Park West.

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