July 26, 2012 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

City Councilman Jon Camp learned an important lesson yesterday: When you’ve got a job that carries large responsibilities, your actions actually do have a very real effect on other people. That’s why Lincolnites city-wide heard a loud screeching noise yesterday as Mr. Camp struggled to backpeddle on his earlier vote to deny Sam’s Club a liquor license in a misguided attempt to “send a message” to folks at Wal-Mart HQ. He apparently convinced at least a couple of his fellow Council members as well, because they’re going to hold a re-vote on Monday.

Notably, Gene Carroll and Adam Hornung didn’t play games with the vote the first time around.

Rather than slowing Walmart’s constructions plans—the store on South 27th Street is still going up as planned—all the City Council’s earlier vote did was demonstrate how ridiculous a group of adults can act when they’re pouting. They really ought to be ashamed. Not that Walmart expects any better from Lincoln. After all, they survived the Seng administration and her bizarre quirks. But surely Lincolnites should expect better. Agree or disagree with Walmart’s proposed store, the Council’s actions here have been embarrassing.

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Just Thinkin' July 26, 2012 at 4:12pm

I agree the Council’s action on the Sam’s Club license was embarrassing. It would have been better if the Council members unhappy with Wal-Mart’s decision had written a professional letter explaining why they unhappy and what they wanted Wal-Mart to do differently in the future. But voting and revoting on the same liquor license reminds me of a moody teenager who breaks up with a boyfriend or girlfriend one day and then wants to get back together the next day.

Mr. Wilson July 26, 2012 at 6:34pm

They HAVE written letters. They even held a neighborhood meeting. Camp & Co. just didn’t like the answer.

Fletch July 26, 2012 at 10:35pm

I think it’s smart to reconsider and vote and not hold up the license. One issue has nothing to do with the other.

peter July 27, 2012 at 8:00pm

“We were sending a message to Wal-Mart. We weren

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