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Wal-Mart needs to play by the rules

If the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts went up against the

last-place Oakland Raiders, it wouldn't be

much of a contest.

And if the Colts committed a facemask penalty or unnecessary roughness in the process, that probably wouldn't change the

final outcome, but the Colts still would have

to take the penalty.

With Proposition 400 in Prescott Valley in March, the 65-percent victory of Friends of Prescott Valley ­ Yes on 400 in sustaining the Town Council's rezoning of 19.5 acres of land to make way for a Wal-Mart store likely would not have ended any differently even if the committee had filed its campaign finance reports promptly.

It's no surprise to anyone that Wal-Mart bankrolled the campaign.

The results make it obvious that the people wanted the convenience of a Wal-Mart in Prescott Valley and voted accordingly.

Prescott Valley Town Attorney Ivan Legler

just called Friends of Prescott Valley ­ Yes on 400 for that infraction and told the committee

it has 20 days to seek a hearing in Legler's office. If it doesn't respond, the committee faces a $30,000 fine and gets 30 days to respond or appeal to Superior Court.

Just as it would be stupid for the Colts to contest an obvious penalty in a game against the Raiders, it would be stupid for the committee to contest this matter. Wal-Mart probably will make $30,000 an hour at the store once it's open.

It won, and it needs to make it clear to everyone that it won by the rules of the game.

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