For the week of Oct. 3, 2013
Over and over again I hear people say that the upcoming wet/dry vote is not about alcohol, it is about economics and attracting tenants to those empty buildings on Main Street in Irvine. Personally I have a lot of trouble seeing the economic potential in alcohol sales. In fact, I believe that if this is indeed about economics, we shouldn’t be having this vote to begin with. In order to have any idea what the economic effects of legal alcohol sales would be, we need to look no farther than Wolfe County.
Wolfe County went wet in 2006 and it would do us well to see what the economic gains of alcohol have been there. In a letter dated 2010 I found the following statements concerning the economic impact legal alcohol sales had on the county. At the time the letter was written, Wolfe County had 19 active beer licenses in effect. Each of those cost $150 for a total of $2,850. (Many of these beer outlets were closing and new ones opening because of the low margin of profit on beer sales.) The county also had three liquor licenses at $400 each, for a total of $1,200. The total amount made by the county for all liquor licenses was $4,050. The letter also said that the money from payroll taxes was too little to even notice because those places are either run by the owners, or were existing businesses which were already paying taxes.
In the first four years of legal alcohol sales, Wolfe County did add three bars, but that doesn’t seem to be an option for Irvine. According to the Kentucky Alcohol Control laws, there can only be one retail liquor drink outlet (bar) for every 2,500 persons and one retail package liquor sales for every 2,300 persons. Since the 2012 census shows the population of the city of Irvine to be 2,442, if we should go wet, we would be limited to no bars and one retail liquor outlet. So, when you compare Irvine’s potential to Wolfe County’s, in reality there doesn’t seem to be much of an economic impact to be gained.
Even if this were about economics it just doesn’t make sense for Irvine. Alcohol destroys lives and families; on top of that alcohol fails to provide economic gain. So please join me in voting “NO” on Oct. 8.
Estill County Ministerial Association
We are the proud parents of two wonderful rescue dogs from Shelby County Shelter. One we fell in love with when the Shelby county rescue people were at a community art fair 10 years ago, and our wonderful Ginger is still with us. She got a sister a few years ago when I walked into Pet Smart to buy her a new bed and it was “Adopt a Rescue Animal” weekend and there were multiple groups showcasing Pets that families could play with and then adopt.
We fell in love with Coco who was about the same size and coloring as Ginger. It turns out she had been sort of starved and only weighed 25 pounds and she was two years old. She is a healthy happy 65 pound fouryear old now. The rescue dogs seem to know they are special and loved and that you chose them, and they are loyal and more loving than most.
We have a number of friends who also have rescue dogs and all are loved and well cared for. It is critical for the Rescue people to be allowed admittance to the shelters because that is the only way the animals can be exposed to the public at large. When you just know there are dogs who need homes, it is not the same thing as really seeing and playing with a dog who needs a home and loves you when you pet and play with them. Please let the rescue people into the facility so that they can find the pets a family who will love and care for them.
Lynda Merz, Louisville, Ky.
Edmund Burke, the British statesman, was regarded as the father of modern conservatism. He once said, “When good men do nothing, evil triumphs.” One might say there are good men and women on both sides of the debate concerning Irvine’s wet / dry vote. I would urge the conservative church-goer to consider the long-lasting evil consequences of Irvine being wet. All that would have to happen for the long -asting evil consequences to take place is for the conservative church- goer to do nothing. I urgently stress that all conservative church goers in Irvine get out and vote “NO” on Oct. 8.
Pastor Mark Pearson,
Mt. Carmel Christian Church
Anyone who reads the following scriptures would surely realize that we do not need alcohol sales in the city of Irvine or elsewhere in the county.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish; but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17