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George Kolbenschlag enters fray on the Yes side

Response to: Shannon Sexton, chair of PAC, responds to AFV's Doug Peterson
See also: Tracking the discussion: wet vs dry in Adair County KY for a continuing list of articles on Adair County's Wet/Dry Election coming March 22, 2016.

By George Kolbenschlag
Personal Commentary

Shannon Sexton's letter moves me to enter the fray. I will vote yes on the alcohol issue. There are a number of reasons. Here are five:

  1. Not all alcohol sales to minors will stop because we legalize its purchase. However, it's likely most if not all business men and women who have gone to the trouble and expense to acquire a license to sell liquor will not risk that license by selling to minors.
  2. Christian-centered communities have had alcoholic beverages for many years without disastrous results.
  3. People are going to drink whether they buy it here or 50 miles down the road. I prefer that our friends and family not be driving those roads after drinking. Better we gain more control of the sale of alcohol and limit the driving distances to get it.
  4. It is an economic issue. It will benefit our community if money spent on alcohol and related business stays here in Adair County. There will be some tax income, both directly from liquor sales and from the added business taxes paid by the increased sale of commodities if people don't drive off to have a bottle of wine with their dinner instead of spending their money in Adair. Let's take some or all of that added tax income and spend it on a far more troubling issue--the use of illegal drugs and the overuse of prescription opiates.
  5. Legal alcohol sales will likely make it unprofitable for the bootleggers to operate in Adair County. That in itself is a mighty powerful reason to make alcohol sales legal here.
- George Kolbenschlag

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