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Wendy Butler Burt will vote Yes on 22 Mar 2016

By Wendy Butler Burt
Personal Commentary

The very first time I tasted wine was in church. It was during communion when I was confirmed (admitted as a full member of the church) at age thirteen. Did this sip of wine lead me down the road to ruin? I think not - I was a good student, enjoyed a full and extremely successful career, and, eventually, retired to Adair County.

While I knew before I moved here that the county was dry, I never imagined this to be an indication that some Adair Countians are so steeped in the past and in moral righteousness that change of any kind could be viewed with suspicion, fear, and anger. For example, last year while collecting signatures for the wet/dry election, a local preacher shouted at me to "Go back to wherever you came from! We don't want people like you here in Adair County!" I consider this most un-Christian both in message and delivery.

We all live in a world that changes every single day. Some changes are good, some bad. But to try to hold back change - to demand that others believe exactly the way we do and live only the way we live - is a fool's errand. This approach to life and living looks back instead of forward, limiting opportunity as well as the path to enlightenment.

This is a diverse world. I look forward to a brighter, more prosperous future here. It will be with great enthusiasm that I will vote "Yes" on March 22. --Wendy Butler Burt

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