Letter to the Editor: Is legalized alcohol sales the economic stimulus we need?

To the Editor:

I believe that everyone on both sides of the legal alcohol sales debate is interested in the prosperity of our town. However, the question is whether alcohol sales will give us the prosperity we desire.

There are some who say that alcohol sales will make our town more attractive to companies that might locate here. However, it seems to me that the most attractive thing we could offer such companies would be a dependable work force. Will legalized alcohol sales help us to achieve this goal, or will there be more people with a hang over on Monday mornings and therefore, unable to keep a steady job?

Some employers in our area have said that they have hired as many as 10 people to get one dependable worker. There are people in our town, such as educators and job placement specialists, who are addressing this issue. However, it takes time and a lot of hard work. I, personally, can’t believe that legalized alcohol sales will help with this issue.

Many people say that the greatest challenge we face economically is the drug abuse problem. It affects individuals, families, our community, businesses and our justice system. Some of our citizens will tell you that their path to dependence was alcohol abuse, marijuana, then pills. Do we honestly believe that legalized alcohol sales will counteract this dependency problem in our community?

I have friends on both sides of this issue. However, I hope that we all can honestly and intelligently look at the facts, and vote accordingly on December 29.

Jimmy Siler, Pastor

Keck Baptist Church