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Old 12-31-2007, 05:21 PM
 
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I'm saying Walmart is bad. It killed Riverton. Much the way you say in Sheridan. We now have Walmart and Kmart across the street from each other and the rest of town has only a few corporate places left stuff like Safeway. Not a ma or pa shop anywhere.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:43 PM
 
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That I don't like the sound of. I always got the impression that Wyoming was a bit Libertarian at heart.
I've been in WY over 20 years and while people seem accepting of newbies, politics run as a deep thread throughout belief systems, contrary to what some may say that politics has nothing to do with it. I am a middle of the road independent and get criticized, shunned, dogged frequently by coworkers, neighbors who are staunch right-wing believers. The only disappointment I've had in WY......they seem accepting of me as long as I believe like they do.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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That's too bad. I've been here since 1974 and I've never seen politics enter into anything other then the "Good Ole Boys" figuring out what's good for everybody else.

Course, I've never lived in Casper, but I've lived all around it. Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, Wright, Wheatland, Hanna, Douglas, etc. Never was asked political affiliation, never asked another person.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I'm not saying Wal-Mart is bad, but the way of dealing with people has changed in this small town.
Right . . . I'm certainly not happy about mom & pop places going out of business, either, but the answer is not to try to disallow businesses from buying property and opening a store. A much bigger problem would be if places like Wal-Mart are not allowed to open up shop if they want to (and the property owner wants to sell to them, etc.)

The mom & pop places need to figure out how to compete and stay in business (they need to get creative). Part of that can involve persuasive "rhetoric" like you have in your post that emphasizes why the mom & pop places should be supported by local residents. Then whether they go out of business only depends on the decisions that consumers make. They should be allowed to make those decisions.
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I too lived in Riverton, before the big chain stores moved in. Then I saw smiths and walmart make the big dent. While I too, hate the mom and pops leaving. I remember that at six oclock on weekdays the streets rolled up and everyone waited for the next day. I remember the attitude of the storeowners and clerks. It was like Thermopolis is now. "If we don't have it- you don't need, or, don't like our prices? Then drive to Casper or Billings." And getting something orderded in, that was another story, most of the time as sad one for me.
First I seen the store hours (mom and pop) grow longer to compete, then came the price lowering and merchandise increase in mom and pops to compete. I asked "why didn't they do this before"?
And how the native americans were treated by the local merchants. It was disgraceful. But that is the attitude of Riverton. Again I say "clickish". I haven't been back since the casino's have went in. But I do think the Riverton residents frequent them alot.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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I'm going to be moving to Casper in March of this year. I like what you have to say about Casper. My family and I can't wait to get there.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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Could someone tell me where (on-line) I can find pics of the city of Casper. I know what the beautiful country side looks like. I want to see pics of "downtown" and what everyone is calling an old mining town. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Here are a few links to some sites with pictures:

This link is right here from city-data.com .. the pictures are right at the top of the page:
[Casper, Wyoming (WY) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders

ANd here's another site that includes some downtown pictures...
Casper, Wyoming Photo Gallery by Sean Breazeal at pbase.com

Here's a few more..
Casper Events Center Pictures, Pictures of Casper Events Center, Casper, WY : Reviews of Casper Events Center - Yahoo! Travel

And here's some more:
Casper, Wyoming pictures and videos on Webshots

I hope this helps!
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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That I don't like the sound of. I always got the impression that Wyoming was a bit Libertarian at heart.
Hahahahaha. I had to register to respond to that. Wyoming is so conservative. All change is resisted (okay, maybe I shouldn't generalize, but I've lived here long enough to see how difficult progress can be here).
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Is progress shuting down all the mom and pop stores? Local lumbar yard lasted a month after Home dept moved in and built a store.

When mom and pop run a business, the money spent stays here. When Home depot open up, the money goes back to Miousri or wherever. The people make wages, sure. But they are governed by outsiders and the profits go to another state. So city taxes, city spending is in another place. Doesn't help the economy here.

I'm for progress. I'm for change. But the change I'm talking about is mom and pop hiring 3 more employees. If you think that progress means running everybody out of business and opening up big box stores, then your not much Wyoming. We didn't build this state on big business. If we did, most of us wouldn't like it. So if you like big business and running mom and pop out of their home, move to LA. Their famous for it. haha
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