My theory is that the more perfect teeth you see in these photos, the more scandals we'll get if the guy gets elected.
So imagine my surprise when a very similar looking brochure arrives at my house a couple of days ago, complete with lots of smiling teeth, feel good messages, "We Care" slogans, pictures of healthy rainforests, and kids smelling flowers in a beautiful field of green.
Except this brochure is not from a candidate for office looking for my vote!
It's Home Depot trying to soft sell us the Orange Lifestyle. The brochure even comes with a handy detachable response card requesting contact information and a message that they will soon be coming to our town to meet with our residents.
Hmm, that's funny, we've been trying to get them to meet with our community for over a year. Could this be a change of heart? Are they ready to finally address the issues? Why did they spend all this money on a fancy brochure, when they could have just called us?
The answer is very simple, this is a typical technique that Home Depot employs in communities where there is stiff opposition to their project.
They are on a "fishing expedition"...... for any supporters they can find.
They want to try and put together a "Pro Home Depot Campaign".
They need a group of supporters to parade around at City Meetings.
They need to create a rift in the community.
They need to divide and conquer, because what they really want, their singular reason for existence, what they absolutely have to have more than anything else in the world, is..... another Home Depot store just minutes away from their other Home Depot stores!
And then I notice something else on the response card. The return address is to a westside PR company by the name of
The same Dakota Communications that lists many present and former elected members of State & Local government as their clients. ( link; http://www.dakcomm.com )
According to some attorneys we spoke with there is no legal conflict of interest here,
but as my grandfather used to say, "Son, that's one stinky fish! If you eat it, you're on your own!"
Say it ain't so, Sam!
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