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Derek Nickel: Personal opinion is that going wet is a move forward

I am proud of what is going on in this community, I see very positive outcomes if the county does indeed go wet. - Derek Nickel

By Derek Nickel
Personal commentary

Over the last few weeks I have heard multiple debates on this issue of the county going wet or staying dry.

Though my opinion is one sided, I still think the opinions of all that have shared have been eloquent and valid points.

My personal hope is that this county move forward and truly progress with the legal sales of alcohol. A couple of points I believe to be worth while are:

- Legalized sales will help reduce the bootleg sales which as of now provide easier access for underage drinking and also unregulated sales. In turn allowing those of age to make responsible purchases without driving to another county to spend money there. - Legalized sales would increase legitimate businesses that pay rent, and taxes, which will do nothing but improve the county. - There have been many efforts to increase tourism in Columbia and Adair county over the last few years. I believe going wet would only increase the possibility of these efforts to succeed. - <>B>I have heard arguments that if it is not broke, don't fix it. Well, when you have a growing population without general development, there is a lack of employment opportunities. It has been proven that legalized alcohol sales bring in potential businesses to an area. I don\'t see how that could possibly be a negative.

I am proud of what is going on in this community, I see very positive outcomes if the county does indeed go wet. - Derek Nickel

This story was posted on 2016-01-13 09:52:27
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