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Briar Hopper: Ex-pat throws two-cents worth in Wet/Dry vote

Writer, who grew up "above the river," and a "child of the 70's." Who has averaged really well for these parts. He remembers brew and peach brandy gatherings while at Adair County High School . . . and they all did well. As well, there were trips Three Pines in Marion County or to one of the numerous bootleggers of the day. He left Adair County, not because it was dry, but to find somewhere he could better opportunities. His stance is both enlightening and entertaining. Apparently, he feels that he's done very well with this piece for the paper, because he signs his real name as big a Patrick Henry at the wind-up of the article.

By "Briar Hopper"

Hello Ed,

As a former resident of Adair County and where I still have a ton of relatives living both in the county and within Columbia proper, I'd like to throw out my two-cents.

When I still a student at Adair County High School there was a teacher there at the time that would have a select few of us over to his home to sample some of his homemade brew and peach brandy specifically. I will not name him out of respect for his family. Suffice it to say that some of those who were invited are still residents there. I give you permission to name me but I haven't sought permission from the others that were in that group, so I will not name them either. If they see this they'll remember our times very well.

I seem to have survived the early exposure to alcohol without too much damage. I'm not perfect but I ended up with three college degrees consisting of an Associates, a Bachelors, and a Masters degree. I have been successful in a US Army career of a little over 20 years, and another 20 years with another retirement from the great state of New Hampshire. One of the others that would get invited has since - Hold on to your hat now - become a member of the clergy and I know for a fact he still enjoys a little taste of the vine or one of Kentucky's fine bourbons. Another went on to own his own business and has been quite successful. How many others from that era of the 1970s, or after, or before that that are still in the county can say that? I chose to leave there more because of limited opportunities than the ability to drink alcohol. I always had plenty to drink if I wanted it.

We would either drive over to Three Pines in Marion County or would go to one of the local bootleggers to get something.

One thought that's crossed my mind is some of these that want to vote "No" may very well be current bootleggers. If they vote "Yes" then they will be out of business.

So go ahead and vote "No" and lets keep helping the bootleggers make their living. Yes this is meant to be somewhat funny but there's an element of truth to the thought too.

I would encourage people to vote "Yes" and help take the mystique out of seeking to try alcohol. If people have to travel out of the county to get it and if it's consumed on the way back or while out somewhere and they get behind the wheel to drive back we're just fostering "drunk-driving."

I don't recommend anyone to drive drunk. Vote "No" and lets keep the bootleggers.


BJ Hagy

This story was posted on 2016-02-29 17:11:41
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