Thursday, February 08, 2007

THE SLAP-HEARD AROUND THE VALLEY

The business community of this valley and more specifically, the businesses on Heber's Main Street, have been publicly slapped in the face. And it was not a lite touch either. One of our elected officials, seems to believe, if it was reported correctly, and there is no reason to believe it was not, since more than three people reported what he said, "there is no viable businesses on Main Street." If the quotation is correct, the statement is blatantly false. And the person that said it, as well as those that agreed with it, now owes the business community a full public apology. Of course at this point, I would not advise anyone to hold their breath waiting for it to happen.
There are many good solid businesses on Main Street today. They may not be, what certain people want to see, but they are, never-the-less, actual businesses, that pay taxes, support public events and contribute to the soundness of our community. There are hundreds of citizens, who are able to buy bread and put it on the table, thanks to their "nonvable business" and the others they support. Perhaps the person, that made such a ridiculous statement, forgot his business is also on Main Street. And since he seems to be painting with a very wide brush, perhaps it is an indication of his own business. Since this statement has been made, I wonder where the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce is on this issue, since they have been curiously quiet. May one suppose, they will not get involved and respond in defense of the Business Community, because some of their funding comes from Heber City? If they are unwilling to take a stand, maybe it is time for a different organization to start up, and support and assist businesses with more than collecting dues and having a lunch once in a while. One must ask, where is the outcry from others, now that our business community is being accused and ridiculed. Perhaps, it is time for our business community to show just how much they do support this community. Maybe they need to stop contributing to every little organization that has its hand out. And then they can quit supporting all the civic groups, including the Chamber, student groups and others that seek something from them on a continual basis. That might get the attention of a few.
What this community needs, is not a big box, nor do we need the lip service we seem to be getting when big box is discussed and questions are asked. What we need to see from some of our elected officials, is a realist approach to furthering the growth of existing businesses and the business community at large. Our leaders need to wake up and do more, than think of money, adding to their kingdoms and power bases and increasing more growth on the public dole.
Our way of life and the very things, that people have said they wanted in a community, is in serious jeopardy. Short sighted policy, failure to observe and understand the big picture and the "me" approach to service is creating a current and future nightmare for all. We need to make contact with our leaders, let them know, we are not mushrooms. We do not want our leaders to make the mistake of thinking, that by keeping all of us in the dark, and then feeding us, what seems to be, an inexhaustible supply of manure, that it will solve everything. The truth is, it won't. It hasn't and it's not going to.

3 comments:

PJ said...

This was the "slap" that never was.

It was NOT "heard 'round the valley." It was never heard.

Honestly, before getting your dander all worked up, make sure your "sources" are reporting things accurately. Better yet, don't report on events that you did not even attend. Hearsay and innuendo is not the same thing as disciplined journalism.

Jeff Bradshaw did NOT say that we have no viable businesses on Main Street. From his comments, in context, he said that we really don't have any retail businesses today in Heber, meaning any places to shop for clothing (unless, I guess, one is looking for a large belt buckle and a 10-gallon hat). Guess what? He's right.

Can we calm down a bit the bluster and the hyperbole about the impending Big Box Armageddon? It's getting a bit silly.

Oppose this particular Boyer project on its true demerits (there are plenty of those). But don't make stuff up. Don't sow confusion because of your poor conjecture.

AB said...

PJ,
I have heard many people complain about the local heber business' along main street. People saying they are terrible stores, terrible product, terrible customer service. That the place is run down and should be torn down. Well, many of the owners of the propery along main street, know that their property needs work, and they are trying to do all they can to improve the look and feel of main street. But without the support of the community by shopping at our local retailers, it will never happen.

So when a Council Member says we don't have any retail businesses in Heber, he is just killing all the work that the local business owners have been trying to do to promote their retail business in Heber.

Their are many retail businesses in Heber, and Jeff Bradshaw just wants one that he can buy a new suit at.

Well, I work for one of those local business', and doing so to support my local community. I could have taken a job in SLC or Provo for a lot more money, but I felt that supporting my local community, and less time away from my family was far more important than the money.

So Support our local RETAIL businesses in Heber. Or else you will see Main Street become a ghost town.

JQW said...

pj nitpicks about the word retail. I wasn't there so I'm not sure exactly one he said either, but the context was 'we need Bigbox for shopping'

I would hope that pj and Councilman Bradshaw (etal) would go back and read the Heber General Plan which clearly calls for promoting MAIN STREET business: "Main Street is the economic, architectural and historical heart of the community. The most powerful and lasting image associated with Heber City is Main Street. " "Promote downtown as a distinctive shopping area emphasizing it as an attractive meeting place and staging area for festivals, special events, celebrations and a variety of community activities."
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