Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 31, 2007

Letters to the Editor


All ‘no’ vote points are good

I have been reading the letters on the alcohol issue and I want to agree with each one that is against it. They have made a lot of good points.

I have a few to add.

If the citizens of Glasgow will go back to when the lottery was voted in you will remember all the promises made about the schools. I doubt that any of the schools have seen any lottery money. We were promised no more school taxes. If you have been reading the paper, school taxes are going up. So that was a bunch of empty promises.

Now, about the alcohol, more empty promises – better restaurants (most of the big chain restaurants won’t locate here, the population of Glasgow is too small), more jobs for Glasgow – what kind? A rehab hospital for people to go to dry out? Bigger hospital ERs for drunks, abuse and accidents. Is this the kind of growth you want? If factories think more of alcohol than the kind of workers then something is wrong with that factory and we don’t need them.

We tell our kids to say no to drugs, then vote alcohol in. What kind of standard is this for our children?

This is not the community I want my grandchildren to grow up in. So please vote no to alcohol.

If this passes and you serve alcohol in a restaurant, who’s going to say when someone has had enough? Say this person comes in, orders a steak and alcoholic beverage, while he’s eating his steak, he drinks 10 drinks. So I ask, who sets a limit? Will this restaurant just let this person get up, pay his bill and walk out and get behind the wheel of a car.

So please say no to alcohol for our families’ sakes.

Hazel Coop

Glasgow

Industry came without alcohol

I’m certainly not opposed to economic improvement in our community. I am, however, curious how alcohol sales will create new jobs and significant economic improvement. I have a few questions for the committee petitioning for a moist town that I hope the committee or members of the committee could answer.

I know we’ve had several work force reductions at our major industries recently. Will the new jobs created by the sale of alcohol replace the jobs that were lost and equal or come close to the hourly wage and benefits provided by the jobs that were eliminated? I’m also curious if anyone on the committee can explain how industry and businesses we currently have were recruited without alcohol sales? RR Donnelley, Dana, SKF, Akebono and several others including the new call center were successfully recruited without alcohol sales.What has changed? I would also like to see at least a partial list of the industries and businesses we have lost because Barren is a dry county.

The creation of new jobs is a noble goal, especially jobs that may provide careers and significant income to the employees. We all know that the fortunate few who own the liquor licenses should see economic improvement. I am certain that if the Human Resources managers of local companies and owners of smaller businesses were polled they would say that their No. 1 problem is obtaining and keeping qualified workers to fully staff their operations.

If finding and maintaining good employees is not the No. 1 problem, it is one of the top three for nearly every business in our community. I’m also certain that most organizations would define a qualified employee as an individual who can pass a drug test, pass a background check, read and comprehend what is read, and perform math on at least a sixth-grade level. Individuals who report to work on time and every day they are scheduled to work, and last but not least, perform the tasks they are paid to perform. How does going moist begin to minimize or solve this problem?

The most important question for me though is how do adults, leaders in our community, advise children, grandchildren, students and teenagers they are responsible for providing guidance of some degree about the potential dangers of alcohol use? We have an underage drinking problem in this community already. It seems to me that time and effort spent on eliminating the substance abuse problems we read about in the Daily Times every day would have a more positive impact on the community than creating more new jobs that employers struggle to find suitable candidates to fill.

Garry Gardner

Glasgow

Drunk driving fault of accident

This accident happened to my sister, Winona Myrick, on a Friday night around the middle of October 1970 in the town of Richton, Miss. Her son, David, had a football game, which she attended. Her husband, Leslie Wayne Myrick Sr., picked her up. He had been drinking. They were within one mile of their house. It had been raining and he ran into a cattle guard. He was killed instantly. Winona was thrown out through the broken windshield, into a barbed-wire fence in the pasture. She was torn to pieces.

A neighbor a mile away heard the racket and took his big lantern and went to search the area. Winona’s husband was still in the truck. The pasture was brown sage that was waist high. The neighbor heard a noise and found her. Her husband was pronounced dead at the Perry County General Hospital.

Winona was taken to the Perry County Hospital. Dr. Moke and Dr. Tim Cole took care of her. Her back was broken in two places, both legs were broken, her right arm and hand were crushed. A broken rib went through one kidney. Her right lung was punctured. She had brain damage over her right eye and forehead.

The two doctors saw that they could not help her. They sent her to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. She lost one kidney and they were able to save her lung. Her head was caved in on one side. They referred her to a kidney specialist and a bone specialist. She was there about three months. All of the doctors got together and sent her to the big hospital in Jackson, Miss. She was there two years. She had to learn to crawl, to walk, to talk and to feed herself. The brain damage affected her mind. She was not able to recognize her family for a long time after that.

All this information can be verified by the Richton Herald in Richton, Miss., and by the Jones Funeral Home.

Later, they wanted her to write a book, but she did not want to relive the tragedy.

This accident affected every member of her family.

Betty Jo Lyle

Jean Lyle

Glasgow

Drunk driver could ruin a life

I have worked in Glasgow for several years and when I decided to build a new home, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Everyone here has always been helpful and willing to go out of their way to make us feel at home. I am proud to live in the No.1 rural county.

I have listened to all the pros and cons to alcohol sales coming to Glasgow. I would like to just make one point. Are the ones (who) are so strongly for this not realizing that the very people who drink in Glasgow are the same people who will then get in their vehicles and drive on our county roads after having “a few drinks” thinking it’s OK because it’s just a mile or two from home? The very same roads our families, their families and friends are also traveling on?

I recently asked this to one of my friends who was for alcohol sales. I asked her if she could honestly say she was fine with the idea of her new grandchild being on the road with someone who had just “one too many.” She said she had never “looked at it that way.” She changed her mind.

I just hope and pray this might change someone else’s mind.

If you have any doubts just go to one of the Web sites like www.madd.org and click on the victims. Put any city in Kentucky that has alcohol sales and hit search. Look at those faces. They were just as important to someone as our families are to us. I personally will work strongly against the sale of alcohol in Glasgow. I couldn’t live with myself any other way.

Monica Eldridge

Glasgow

County voted No. 1 with alcohol sales in Cave City restaurants

In the article in your Wednesday, Aug. 29, edition regarding mobilization of those who oppose the sale of alcohol in Glasgow, Walter Winn Davis was quoted to the effect that Barren County was “dry” when Progressive Farmer named Barren County as the number one county in rural America to live. While I certainly do not dispute the selection of Barren County as a great place to live, after all, I selected it many years before Progressive Farmer did, I feel Mr. Davis’s statement was not quite correct. During the time that the article was researched, and at the time the article was published, the city of Cave City had authorized the limited sale of alcohol in restaurants seating 100 people or more and having more than 70 percent of revenue attributable to items other than alcohol. This is the same limited option that will be on the ballot for the City of Glasgow in November, 2007.

William D. Bucher

Park City

This Doyle will vote ‘no’

I am writing with concern about the letter that was printed in the Wednesday, Aug. 22, issue, titled “Alcohol will keep county No. 1!” The letter of concern was written by Tim Doyle of Glasgow. I am Tim Doyle of Austin who owns and operates Tick Tock Clock Shop on the Square in Glasgow. I did not write the letter that was printed. I do not think that the sale of alcohol in Glasgow will help my business. It may cause me to pay more taxes, when we have to hire more police officers.

I would like to touch on two others subjects. “Temptation and Limitations.” The first sin that was committed on earth was when Eve was tempted by the serpent. I liken this to the temptation that we see when dining in a restaurant that serves alcohol. The pretty little pictures of the fruity alcoholic drinks. You want one, then another, then another.

Now to “limitations.” Do you know how much liquor you can ingest before you become intoxicated? Apparently not everyone has this knowledge. In 2006, there were 17,602 alcohol-related deaths. That is about one in every 30 minutes. I don’t want me, my family or friends to be in that number, do you?

Please get out and vote in the next election. Your vote will count. When Cave City voted, the issue was passed by only a few votes. Many regretted not getting out to vote. Every vote will count! May God’s will be done!

Tim Doyle

Austin

Those against alcohol should make voices heard

First of all, I would like to say that I agree with Terry Saltsman’s letter to the editor completely. He said what I would have said, so now I can go in another direction with my letter.

As I have watched this moist thing develop, I can see that it was a well-devised plan from the very beginning. We are shown a group of people that posed for a group picture published in the Glasgow Daily Times, saying they want more jobs for Glasgow.

In order to accomplish this, they say we need to bring alcohol to Glasgow to lure restaurants and big businesses. Since most of us recognize some of these people and have done business with some of them, I suppose we are to conclude that they know best what direction Glasgow should go in the future.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they are good people and probably mean well, but that does not mean we should follow their leadership in this area. Their picture and the announcement of a petition were presented to the people of Glasgow on short notice so that any opposition would not have much time to form a defense against the petition. That was smart on their part.

Next, they set up places to sign the petition if anybody wanted to. The Glasgow Daily Times runs an article stating that very few people came forward to sign, making it look like the petition might fall short of the desired number of signatures needed to get it on the ballot. We were told that our newspaper would give us an update and keep us posted on how the petition was going. That didn’t happen and nothing else was said about it, until enough signatures were secured by the committee by going door to door. That was also smart strategy on their part.

It is too late to prevent it from being voted on in November, but it is not too late to form a defense against it passing then. I challenge the citizens of Glasgow and anyone else (who) cares about the future of this area, to stand and be counted for. If you don’t want alcohol here, then do something before it is too late.

The committee working to bring it in will work tirelessly to gain their votes and tout their victory in November. We who are against it cannot sit still and think it might not come to pass. The more jobs group is thinking you will do nothing to oppose them. They want to keep it about economics only and put you to sleep about the moral issues involved.

Our future, our children’s future and our grandchildren’s future hang in the balance. What will you do about it, Glasgow?

This is your chance to take a positive stand while you still have time to do so. If you choose to do nothing to defend Glasgow’s right to remain dry, then you better be ready to deal with the alcohol and all the problems that go along with it.

I live in the county, but I will commit to stand with you to defend your city. May we trust in a Holy and Righteous God to lead us in bringing jobs to Glasgow instead of trusting in alcohol to get it done.

Gary Botts

Glasgow