City Council Upholds Ban on Pawn Shops in the Mineola Historic District

This issue has drawn nearly as many emotional responses as the alcohol issue did. Because we are not a merchant within the historic overlay district of Mineola, we have remained silent about this.

As I listened to people discuss this issue tonight, I was overcome with the level of fear on the behalf of citizens and council members alike, fear that if we allow this man to open a pawn shop in Mineola, that a sea of pawn shops would soon follow. It’s a good thing our founding fathers had a greater vision than to worry about the hypothetical.

Rob Carter of The Ponderosa make his case in city hall.

Simple laws of economics will dictate saturation levels that a local economy can support of a given type of business. Ask any antique shop owner in any of these East Texas towns and they will certainly agree with the principles of over-saturation that lead to diminishing returns.

I understand that laws and ordinances are set forth for the long term, but isn’t the principle of modern conservative economics to let the markets dictate what will and what will not last? Or is it that nobody wants to be next to the pawn shop? We have multiple small loan companies in the historic overlay district. Are they really any different than pawn shops?

After this town voted to repeal prohibition I was excited at the surge of progress. What I saw tonight was the quashing of progress in the name of “What if…” scenarios that may or may never come true and are driven by fear.

Kudos to Rob Carter of Ponderosa for doing what he thinks is right and for taking his fight to the council. Hopefully his pioneering spirit will be rewarded by having a successful business despite some members of his community and government rallying against him.

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5 comments for “City Council Upholds Ban on Pawn Shops in the Mineola Historic District

  1. SilenceDoGood
    May 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Does anyone notice that if you do not hold the same views as the administrator of this site, you are deemed as an enemy of free commerce and the American way?!?!
    Way to go sir. I applaud your narrow minded view on everything.

  2. May 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I guess nobody has noticed that. Perhaps you can get your friend who has supported you on other stances to come help you on this one.
    In this article, who exactly did I say was the enemy?

  3. SilenceDoGood
    May 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    And I quote….
    “After this town voted to repeal prohibition I was excited at the surge of progress. What I saw tonight was the quashing of progress in the name of “What if…” scenarios that may or may never come true and are driven by fear.”
    The people of this town, the council members and anyone else who “quashes progress” is deemed the enemy.

  4. May 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This is my web site. I will put my opinions here if that’s OK with you. Actually, I’ll put my opinion here whether it’s OK with you or not. If I choose to put my opinion in the newspaper or elsewhere, I’ll do that too 😉
    Try to put words in my mouth if you must, but they are not my words.
    The city council has spoken and for now there will be no pawn shop in the historic district. That doesn’t preclude me from expressing my opinion though, does it?

    Thanks for taking the time to post on MineolaBuzz. Be sure to tell all of your friends about it.

  5. SilenceDoGood
    June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Good sir, please continue to post your opinions on this website….I enjoy reading them. It does the body good to laugh and I get plenty of laughs when I read your articles on this little site.
    And I enjoy disagreeing with your asinine thoughts and comments…..after all that is what makes this country great….the fact that we can disagree with each other and not have to fear a fine, imprisonment, or worse.
    You keep up the good work, sir….and I will keep on posting!!

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