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A picture of our valley: Gagged in orange and packaged in aisle 5

Tom Boyd

There’s a long line of cars and they’re trying to get throughThere’s no single explanation; there’s no central destinationYou don’t wonder where we’re going or remember where we’ve beenWe’ve got to keep this traffic flowing and accept a little sin So this long line of cars will never have an end– CakeThis is Eagle-Vail, this is traffic, this is the long wait while the whole Home Depot/Wal-Mart construction process forces us into a static string of automobiles.As a young and previously nave mountain kid, the Home Depot debacle has been my very first introduction to “the way things work,” also known as the good ol’ boy system. Analyzing the process behind the land deals, the development proposals, the corporate brokering, the sales-tax scamming, the advertising dollars, the slick daily paper front-page wrap, and the construction contracts for Home Depot and Wal-Mart has been a rude awakening. Whatever remaining, ghostly tendril of small-town spirit that remained from the early days of this valley is officially gone, snuffed out, gutted, stripped, stolen, strapped into an orange apron and filed away in aisle 5 under blazing neon lights next to the old-growth timber piles. The values I learned as a child while walking through the meadow where Home Depot now stands have been packaged, priced, scanned and sold by people who speak in a language of corporate PC catchwords and who smile when they’re not actually happy, all in the name of moving “product.”It’s interesting to note, since we have major drug busts and murders around here now, that all of the products necessary to build your very own methamphetamine lab can be purchased at Home Depot and Wal-Mart. Smile big, Vail Valley, you’ve finally gotten what you wanted: you’re a city.So before all 42,000 county residents line up like lemmings to join the skewed riptide of American progress, I want to give thinking people the opportunity to check out the dirt on Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and other corporate American powerhouses. After that I will suggest to everyone in the valley that, when the price is comparable, we avoid Home Depot in favor of smaller, locally-owned businesses.So, fire up the computer and check out these Web sites:www.homedepotsucks.com, http://www.homedespot.com, http://www.sprawl-busters.com, http://mcdonaldssucks.freeservers.com/, http://www.walmartwatch.com, http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12962, and http://www.indyweek.com/durham/2002-05-08/news.html, just to name a few.Ya know, I’m not even against the creation of all these massive, corporate giants that are creating a monochromatic landscape throughout America I just don’t want them here. The people at the apex of the national power matrix are supposed to vacation here, not run the place. The way I see it, trash belongs in the dump and crap like Home Depot belongs in the city, where it blends in.Heck, I even think of myself as a good ol’ fashioned patriotic capitalist. But it’s just like my pal Ruby Forster of McCoy said to me the other day: “The people in Vail all come from the East Coast, or California, or north or south of the border, and they come because they didn’t like it where they were. Yet they bring all those things out here with them; they still want all the conveniences and they destroy it.”Two of those, Ruby.Want to talk dirt about Home Depot and glorify the good ol’ days? Or is there anyone out there who actually has loyalty to Home Depot? Boyd is always ready to hear your rantings and diatribes especially if you surprise him with a midnight call at (970) 390-1585. Otherwise code it in zeros and ones and zip it to tboyd@vailtrail.com.

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