Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Letters to the Editor

August 21, 2007

Letter to the Editor

Once again, those of us who live within the city limits of Glasgow are going to vote on whether to allow alcohol to be legally sold in our community. We are being told that this issue is not a moral issue, but merely an economical issue. Personally, I believe this is wrong on both counts.

First of all, the sale of alcohol is a moral issue for a good number of people in our community who are trying to walk in the counsel and wisdom of God.

And secondly, there is nothing but a promise that alcohol will bring an economic boon to our community. However, instead of talking about promises that may or may not come to pass, Let’s talk about reality and fact.

FACT: Barren County was voted the No. 1 place to live in rural America by Progressive Farmer Magazine … all that with a “Dry” Glasgow.

FACT: The quaintness and refreshing community values of Glasgow have helped to make Glasgow a desirable place for many in which to live and raise their families.

FACT: The fewest number of alcohol related collisions occur in “Dry” counties, while the counties that have the most alcohol related collisions occur in “Wet” counties (Kentucky Traffic Accident Facts, 2005).

FACT: Alcohol has done immeasurable harm to countless families.

FACT: We have wisely spent thousands of tax dollars to teach our children to “Say No to Drugs.” This “Just Say No” message is being undermined by those who are asking us to now say, “Yes.”

Friends, do you really think that the economic success of our good city hinges on the sale of alcohol? Do we really want to build our community on something that has brought so much harm and devastation to the lives of our friends and neighbors, and possibly even our own families? Turning to, of all things, alcohol to be a “savior” of sorts for our economic success, seems to me to be an act of desperation. Is Glasgow that economically depressed? Friends, it seems to me and the Progressive Farmer Magazine that we’re doing just fine without alcohol.

Steve Higginbotham, Minister

South Green Street Church of Christ

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