Residents deserve to know where elected officials stand on alcohol
May 01, 2012 | 4015 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Our county’s elected officials are being uncharacteristically quiet about the issue of alcohol sales. Some, who seemingly have an opinion on everything, have suddenly gone silent on this issue. No, the cat doesn’t have their tongues, but the voters may.

Any hint of taking sides on the issue would likely alienate a large pool of voters at election time and therefore, the silence. With such a divisive issue at hand, it is the safe thing for our county’s leaders to remain neutral. But, is that what we elected them to do?

I’ve heard more than one elected official jokingly make the statement, “Some of my friends are for it and some of my friends are against it. I’m for my friends.”

I was seated next to a fiscal court member recently who made the statement, “It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell you where I stand.”

Really? That statement by one of our county’s commissioners got me thinking about fairness with regard to this issue. What IS fair to expect from our elected officials regarding a wet/dry vote in our county?

This alcohol vote is quite possibly one of the most important our county has seen in many years. Those on each side of the debate have stated emphatically we either need it or we don’t

Those for legalized alcohol sales say the issue is revenue and economic growth. With our fiscal court facing challenging budget cuts this year, you have to wonder if it would make their jobs easier to have a steady stream of tax revenue flowing into the county’s coffers?

Those against alcohol sales say it would change the very fabric of our community and do harm to families and our children. If that were to happen, it would create new concerns for county leaders to grapple over.

Each of our county’s leaders including our sheriff, city council members, county commissioner’s, judges and others owe it to the voting public to tell us where they stand on this issue.

We voted you into office to lead, not to remain silent on important issues. Please stop playing politics and tell us where you stand on the wet/dry vote.
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