Letter: Response to the challenge to do 10 percent more shopping in Morris
If everyone from Morris or the Morris area shopped 10 percent more in Morris how would that increase the selection in Morris when most of the things we shop for are not available in Morris to begin with? We would not need to make a resolution to do at least 10 percent less shopping in Alexandria if the leaders of Morris and Stevens County had done their job more efficiently.
If the leaders of Morris and Stevens County would have let businesses like Walmart, Fleet Farm, Menards, etc. come to Morris, residents of Morris and the surrounding area would not have to shop in Alexandria.
Businesses like Honeywell, Fingerhut and Coborns left Morris because the city of Morris kept raising the rent on the buildings these businesses were occupying. Honeywell and Fingerhut wanted to purchase land and build their own buildings but were refused by Morris and Stevens County. Why did Sears, Montgomery Wards and J.C. Penney leave Morris? Businesses like Wal Mart, 3M and others did not come to Morris/Stevens County because they were not allowed to purchase land and build their own buildings. The city of Morris insisted that these businesses must rent from the city of Morris.
The city of Alexandria benefited from these decisions and the residents of Morris and the surrounding area were cut short of these benefits. Think of all the jobs that were not created in the community of Morris.
Douglas Harvey Pederson