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Gary Rose: Facts, not emotions on Wet/Dry

By the way, alcohol for consumption is currently being sold legally in Adair County and the City of Columbia. This alcohol is in the form of Cooking Wines, Cooking Sherry and Vanilla extract. - Gary Rose
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By Gary Rose
Personal Commentary

A few weeks back someone mentioned on Columbia Magazine that he/she wanted facts not factoids or emotions in the debate on the Wet/Dry issue.

Here are some facts:

  • There are adult beverages in Adair County.
    • These adult beverages are being purchased in other counties legally.
      • Some of the legally purchased beverages are being consumed responsibly in the purchasers home.
      • Some of this legally purchased beverages are then being resold in Adair County illegally.
    • With every adult beverage being purchased legally outside of Adair County, Tax dollars are going to the county where the adult beverage is being purchased. Adair County and Columbia are not receiving any tax dollars from the sale of the illegally resold adult beverages here.
  • There is driving and drinking in Adair County. Just take a look at the ditch lines on any road in the county and count beer cans and other adult beverage containers.
    • Will driving and drinking increase if Adair County goes wet, I don't know. Furthermore I don't know if it will decrease.
  • A few weeks ago my wife and I went out with friends to have dinner. We did not eat in Adair County. Why not? Because some of the group wanted to enjoy an adult beverage with their meal.
    • Many of the group purchased gasoline and other items in the other county, resulting in supporting the economy in the other county. That is money that Adair County business will never see
  • It has been published on Columbia Magazine by both current and former citizens of Adair County that as teenagers they purchased adult beverages at the local Bootlegger.
    • Legally licensed retailers of adult beverages are not going risk their license or business by selling to someone under age intentionally. Legally licensed retailers are going to protect their businesses by refusing to sell to anyone that they feel are not of legal age to purchase adult beverages.
  • Russell County just passed a Wet vote and Taylor County is Moist and is about to vote on going Wet.
    • Assuming that Taylor County will vote yes, that will make two next door counties that citizens of Adair County can easily travel to, to purchase adult beverages and have other shopping opportunities where they will spend their money at. More money that will leave Adair County and Columbia.
  • If Adair County legalizes the sale of adult beverages, no one will be forced against their will to purchase them. Just like non-smokers currently are not forced to purchase tobacco products.
By the way, alcohol for consumption is currently being sold legally in Adair County and the City of Columbia. This alcohol is in the form of Cooking Wines, Cooking Sherry and Vanilla extract.

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