posted on Sep, 5 2004 @ 04:49 PM
The more I think about this, the more I regretfully support Walmart. The alter under the parking lot that everyone keeps bringing up as proof they are
out to destroy is a sticking point with me. While it's unfortunate, and I'm as nostalgic and for preserving history as anyone, but it brought up a
1) How common were these alters? Could there be hundreds around and undiscovered? Was it as important as we think it is today?
2) Modern life cannot stop for the sake of the old and ancient. In 1000 years that Walmart might be someone's archeological miracle. Psychogirl
mentioned above "that kind of thing wouldn't even hold up here in the US. i can't believe the Mexican gov't would allow a monopoly like walmart
destroy a historical site. sickening." We pave over and dig up and build on the past in this country. We build on grounds sacred to native americans
early immigrants. In New York there is so much history underneath everything else. In Jerusalem, you can go down underneath the buildings and modern
homes and tour a home of people that lived in biblical times that has been excavated. The whole city is in layers. I'd be willing to bet the Mexicans
did this in the past and do this now also. I don't mean to sound harsh or insensitive, but the absolute outrage at this one Walmart seems a bit
3) Everone loves to hate Walmart. If this had been a Mayan theme park, would there be so much outrage? I don't think Walmart came down there to
intentionally pave over Mexican ruins, but they get the black eye for it because it's easy to point fingers at them. The community probably welcomed
and campaigned for Walmart to come down. Local and State authorities agreed and approved the store. Archeologists gave the green light, too. I don't
see how they are the bad guy here.
I'm glad they were able to find the alter and hopefully preserve it, and I hope the community gets as much benefit as possible having a Walmart in
town. I'm sure Walmart will do the "right" thing and the PC thing and help out the effort to conserve and protect. I'm also sure these same people
who protest it will have no problem shopping there.