Alcohol sales will help community move toward 21st Century
I would like to encourage the residents of Estill County to support legal alcohol sales during the upcoming wet/dry vote.
Abolishing the failed policies of prohibition and helping our community move forward into the 21st century is an issue that has been a long time coming.
What have decades of being a dry county done for us? What has been accomplished?
Banning the legal sale of alcohol to law-abiding adults has not prevented one drop of spirits from entering the county. The alcohol is clearly already here.
Any citizen of age is perfectly free to purchase their drink of choice at their convenience from several neighboring communities. Staying dry only serves to make certain that those purchases, and the revenue that comes with it, stay outside of the local economy.
When you enter Richmond what types of businesses do you see as soon as you hit the first stop light? What are they selling? Those businesses are situated to reach out for that steady stream of revenue coming from Estill Countians who are forbidden from lawfully purchasing in their own community.
The number of dollars needlessly hemorrhaged out of the local economy over the decades is staggering to comprehend.
Prohibition has also guaranteed that bootlegging and illicit sales will remain a permanent fixture in our community unless change is sought. What better way to reduce underage consumption than to legalize legitimate, lawful and monitored sales? How many times did a bootlegger card you?
Studies have consistently demonstrated that wet counties have safer roads than their dry counterparts. When a few people choose to use alcohol irresponsibly would it be better for them to drive 20 miles one way or walk down the street?
Voting wet will not magically resolve every problem we have overnight. However, its a step in the right direction and it is certainly a lot more productive approach than the method that we have become accustomed to .
I am of course referring to the self-defeat mentality of “It’ll never happen. They won’t let it happen,” every time a good idea comes along.
It’s far past time that law-abiding adults be allowed to choose for themselves where they wish their dollars to go. I sincerely encourage my fellow citizens of the county to come to the polls and help us move forward as a community.
W. Jared Blevins
Follow your heart when voting in wet/dry election
Seems as though the wet/dry issue has some people confused about what is right and what is not right.
It all boils down to what your heart tells you, not what others are telling you.
Is the way you vote going to cause you to wish you had voted the other way 10 years from now? How will your children and grandchildren be affected by the way you voted?
Your answer probably depends on how you were raised. Were you raised up believing it was a sin to drink alcohol?
The fact is, sin is the result of irresponsible drinking. We are told in God’s guide, the Bible, which has not changed as man has changed, to avoid strong drink. This does not mean coffee or tea but anything that affects our thinking.
Another sin is committed when someone sees you using alcohol and thinks this is OK but they cannot handle it and destroy their lives or lives of others through abuse of alcohol. That thought is where we need to ponder. Do we want to live a life with a clear conscience and be positive that you had nothing to do with the loss of a life or destruction of a family? If so, your heart will guide you.
Now go back and substitute the word alcohol with the words gambling or gaming. The outcomes may be the same.
Being addicted to gambling can bring about as much destruction as alcohol. Many of you may not know it but habitual gambling has started from BINGO. Many are trying to get BINGO started in Estill County via the Fairboard and Estill Developement Board.
I have seen directly what habitual BINGO playing can do to families causing a loss of income for children’s basic needs, food, clothing and shelter.
When you see those kids have no heat because the money to buy fuel was gambled away at a BINGO parlor. Ask some of the teachers in schools. They will tell you the kid’s problems from alcohol or gambling abuse.
I thank God that I have lived through these 65 years and have survived drinking and gambling abuse.
Estill county may seem backward to some but ask those new citizens who have moved here from out of state. They all love this county as it is. If alcohol and gambling were their reasons for coming here then they could have moved to cities where that is already in place.
Sure, I would like to see more business opportunities, but I also know there is always a pie in the sky and those that are willing to sell out our community for the sake of their gain. To me, getting an airport in Estill County would be more advantagous than alcohol.
Believe me when I say I’ve been exposed to it. I have made as much as 50 gallons of wine in a year. I’ve thrown dice and gambled. How blessed not to be addicted and I pray that I had no part in making it a stumbling block to someone else.
With this being said.I will vote dry when the time comes and sign my name, Ronald Gene Hardy on the ballot. My nickname is “Pepper” and my conscience rests.
Ronald Gene “Pepper” Hardy
Note from the Editor:
For the sake of promoting free speech and open thought in our county, I chose to use the space that would normally feature my column to print these letters to the editor. I am proud to see people discussing their thoughts and beliefs about this issue in the pages of their local newspaper. I encourage our readers to use the CV&T as a place to share your ideas about the upcoming wet/dry vote. If you would like to submit a letter to the editor, mail it to the PO box address or email address listed below.