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Construction of a Super Walmart in Warren County, New Jersey is causing controversy.

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Sue

Washington, NJ

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Feb 24, 2011
 
Really people? With the way our economy is today, and the unemployment rate in our Nation skyrocketing, people are going to complain about some trees coming down and ruining their "secluded, serene neighborhood"? OK, GET REAL!
This area NEEDS the Super Wal-mart! Especially in Phillipsburg, where most families are on one kind of assistance or another from the state, don't the "lower classes" deserve a chance to work? Many people in the area, though it is sad, don't have any further education than a high school diploma, if that! The Wal-Mart creates hundreds of jobs with the new store, and the construction being carried on to build it does as well! BE THANKFUL! It would be nice if people could look at the big picture, instead of worrying about their view from their houses! What about all the people in fear of losing their homes because they can't find work, or are struggling to feed their children?
Is the appearance of your "neighborhood" more important than the rest of the community's survival???
Stop being so shallow and self-centered! IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU!!
It was done as a temporary measure to ensure the safety of the crews working, and there are beautiful LOCAL nurseries that can be used to replace the trees taken down, thus providing more people with work! You can bet that YOU having a "serene" feeling is not real high on the list of priorities of a single parent trying to make sure their kids get to eat, and are taken care of, or the elderly who need the supplemental income of a part-time job because of the way politicians have screwed things up for our aging citizens!
What would you be saying if your husband had been out of work for almost two years, had little to no income, no real job prospects, and someone said to you that even though the new Wal-Mart Super Center would create MANY job opportunities, they were mad because they had to have a "bad view" for a little bit!
Is this really what we, as a nation, have become? A bunch of spoiled, selfish, self-serving, whiny overgrown children that are more worried about our wants than we are about other people's actual NEEDS?!
YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!
Gman

United States

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Feb 24, 2011
 
ban walmart and the unethical treatment of all employees
Gman

United States

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Feb 24, 2011
 
ban all walmarts and new construction of any more. let them keep building and that will be the only store we shop at. heard of a monopoly????
RealityCheck

Watchung, NJ

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Feb 24, 2011
 
I did some investigating, and it turns out the area of tree removal has nothing to do with the construction of the Walmart store itself. The township asked Walmart to pay for improvements to several off-site areas as a condition of approval for the store, and these are the areas referenced in the article. Also note that the tree removal was performed on township-owned easements that do not belong to the homeowners. When reports are made irresponsibly and without the benefit of full knowledge of a complex project such as this, controversy is bound to occur. But I guess it sells papers. Perhaps Mr. & Mrs. Cito should have paid more attention at the public hearings they no doubt attended. I'm sure they will enjoy the convenience of the new Walmart as well as the other stores that are part of this development
RealityCheck

Watchung, NJ

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Feb 24, 2011
 
Thank you, Sue. Very well put. I hope a lot of people read your comment and take it to heart.
Facts in the case

Belvidere, NJ

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Mar 16, 2011
 
The trees where in the town owned easement. They could do anything they wanted with them...LEGALLY. A few neighbors built structures in the easement like a pool and a shed. Here is the story...you dont own the easement. The Town does. It would be like me loving your front lawn soooo much that I decide to put my kids swingset their. Walmart also basically said look we are sorry even though we dont have to, we will install any kind of fence you want. THey gave these whiners the book to choose from. These people need to grow up and allow everyone to be able to put food on their table. Last I heard, there is no real development or jobs in Warren COunty lady. Walmart is it...so suckit up and be thankful they are even here.
Pissed

New York, NY

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Jun 22, 2011
 
Facts in the case wrote:
The trees where in the town owned easement. They could do anything they wanted with them...LEGALLY. A few neighbors built structures in the easement like a pool and a shed. Here is the story...you dont own the easement. The Town does. It would be like me loving your front lawn soooo much that I decide to put my kids swingset their. Walmart also basically said look we are sorry even though we dont have to, we will install any kind of fence you want. THey gave these whiners the book to choose from. These people need to grow up and allow everyone to be able to put food on their table. Last I heard, there is no real development or jobs in Warren COunty lady. Walmart is it...so suckit up and be thankful they are even here.
I am one if those "whiners"...its almist July and its STILL NOT DONE!! Our property now FLOODS..SO ALL OF YOU KNOW IT ALLS SHOULD ZIP IT..WHEN THISS HAPPENS TO YOU THEN CALL ME. They do crappy work..nothing toeards Walmart! Its the people they conteacted the Project
Stewie

Brooklyn, NY

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Jun 22, 2011
 
I an thankful for Walmart. You don't like out, ignore it. I wonder how many trees were cut down to build the homes of the naysayers?

It's like here in the Lehigh Valley... bridge construction has been stopped indefinitely just because one rare turtle decided to lay eggs alongside the water. Gonna hope for an Eagle to show up for lunch one day and eat the eggs.:)
Da Badguy

Phillipsburg, NJ

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Jan 21, 2012
 
my only issue with the new walmart is they already have a building about 1000 feet away. They leave that building, go buy another property down the street. Spend millions of dollars to demo the building that used to be there. Then build their new store. Meanwhile leaving a huge empty building that they could have just bought out the surrounding stores in the same building and expanded the current store. Not sure but taxpayers were probably the ones who paid for the new traffic lights to be put in at the new intersection in front of the new walmart. Lots of new instead of utilizing what's already there.
PISSED also

Phillipsburg, NJ

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Jan 25, 2012
 
I am another "complainer I guess" try being out of work, struggling to keep your house just to have all your trees that gave privacy to our home cut down, so talk to me when something on your property gets destroyed and lowers your property value. I had to put of a year of this. And for the easement comments, these trees were planted way before the deed ( in the 80's) mapped out the easement lines. So get your facts straight. you weren't here when the trees were cut down for no reason, or a simple explanation was given before doing it.
Rian

Bronx, NY

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Really Sue? Jobs that walmart provides are low paying and oppress the very people who need those jobs! Let walmart pay property taxes, let the workers organize and be represented by a union - so that those people are protected from exploitation. Let walmart have the burden of offsetting the price that they take from the community. If they want to build there so badly let them pay the community for the priveledge of being there and taking billions of dollars from tge area!

Walmart started out as a "made in America"retailer now they sell hardly anything that is made in America. They are responsible for millions of jobs being shipped out of the USA. Make them pay you for the priveledge of taking your money. Please learn from other communities' mistakes. Don't go into this as though you are the lucky ones..you are not.

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