Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Letters to the Editor

September 6, 2007

Letters to the Editor

Selective morality used in alcohol debate

A lot of discussion has occurred over if allowing alcohol sales at restaurants with a meal is a “moral” issue or not. Quite simply, it is not. Unfortunately, many of those that are against this issue are trying to make it into a moral issue. There is nothing either moral or immoral about having a glass of wine with your dinner. To suggest that allowing alcohol at a restaurant will be the beginning of a downward moral spiral in our community, as has been suggested, is ludicrous. I have read references in these letters to the editor and elsewhere to Sodom and Gomorrah, strip clubs, dive bars, rampant alcoholism and all of the other seedy, grim images those that claim moral superiority paint. It seems to me that Bowling Green, as a local example, has not only been moist but completely wet for some time. I don’t know of any strip clubs, adult bookstores or dive bars in Bowling Green. Last I knew there was one questionable “strip club” near the river several years ago and it was eventually closed down by pressure from the community and the city. The package liquor stores I have purchased from in BG have been clean and safe. No vagrants or drunks lingering in front of the store. I don’t see rampant crime in BG for a city their size. What I do see is a booming downtown redevelopment, a major airport, rapidly expanding retail and industry, symphonies, art galleries, and lots of employment. Pretty good for a place that lets you have a glass of wine with dinner.

There is no “cause and effect” between alcohol sales and the bleak picture painted by some. Glasgow doesn’t have alcohol — yet we already have meth labs, DUIs, bank robberies, murder, and other assorted crimes — and alcoholics.

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