Election letter: West Richland -- Johnson

August 2, 2013 

When the owner of the West Richland liquor store learned about opposition to the location for her new store, she respected those concerns and decided not to locate in that particular area. She then purchased and renovated an existing commercial building on Van Giesen Street. Today, because of her decision to locate where she was welcomed, everyone traveling Van Giesen has the opportunity to see a beautiful building with easy access and convenience for her customers.

The Charles Grigg family would do well to learn from the West Richland liquor store owner's experience. Their hardware store is welcome -- just not welcome to disrupt a well-established residential neighborhood when commercial properties are available at locations on Van Giesen, Bombing Range, Kennedy and Belmont.

Merle Johnson opposes reactive city planning, which appears to have been the case for the Grigg rezoning. Furthermore, Merle will work to preserve West Richland's rural lifestyle. He is the best candidate for mayor.

PATRICIA STROMER, West Richland

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