Jeri Whitworth (letter, May 13, "Outdoor display prohibition should not be 'eroded' for big-box stores") and The News-Times' editorial (May 20, "Don't budge on town center rules") get it right. If Lowe's moved here, they knew the rules then, and that's the rule now.
They already have flowers out front, and I can go with that, but that's it. Leave the grills, lawn mowers, etc., inside. We in Columbia County are bright enough to find them inside the store, and if someone from Richmond County comes visiting, then the helpful staff will lead them right to them.
The problem is County Commission Chairman Ron Cross; he seems to be ready to grant them 30 days at a time, several times during the year! Why?
So let's settle this before it gets out of hand. We have an election coming up in June. It's all on computers, right? So add one more item to the ballot: "Does Lowe's play by the rules they agreed to or not?" Phrase it real simple so there is no misreading, and let the people of Columbia County decide if we want a nice, neat storefront or a flea-market atmosphere.
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