Plans to construct a new Wal-Mart in a depressed community in central Virginia have caused a stormy new controversy. The proposed location, the Wilderness Battlefield, was the site of a fierce Civil War battle in which Grant faced Lee. In the two day battle, 30,000 soldiers died. Local residents were divided on the issue -- whether to preserve the land as holy ground or to accept Wal-Mart's offer to revive the sagging local economy -- but historians were nearly united in their opposition of the proposal.
Yet after a year long court battle, the super-store has now been given the green light.
Where do you come down on this issue? How can we -- or how should we -- balance our current needs with our obligations to the past?