The Traverse City Record Eagle has more news related to Acme Township, Meijer, and SST.
Apparently, some locals didn't follow state rules regarding disclosure of financing for ads taken out regarding a recent vote on an Acme Township zoning issue. The article seems mostly a technical matter about local citizens not knowing the rules. But we have a citizens group that is not registered, ad expenditures related to a ballot initiative that were not reported, and that leads to...suspecting the involvement of Meijer and SST, according to quotes from some local officials.
There are lessons here, whether or not Meijer or SST are involved. If your reputation is damaged, you don't get the benefit of the doubt. People can be fooled once, or at least you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Or, as the Bible says, we reap what we sow. Had Meijer not been under the microscope of controversy, all this might look like a simple oversight. But with recent events in people's minds, this new item is being framed as part of a devious plot.