It’s time for civility
Jun 05, 2012 | 8249 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the initial good intentions to keep things on a respectful tone of those on both sides of the alcohol debate in Marshall County, things appear to have gone sideways. Reports of stolen and vandalized campaign signs, name calling and questionable practices in the County Clerk’s office have people across the county wondering if civility is possible surrounding an issue which has supporters on both sides fervently supporting their beliefs.

When the Memorial Day accident happened leaving two Marshall Countian’s lives hanging in the balance the volume was turned up several notches as yet another incident gave those on both sides of the issue a case in point to call “evidence” of their convictions. Even before it has been determined if drinking and driving actually caused the accident some are pointing fingers and saying “we told you so.”

I have no doubt the organizers of the wet/dry committees were sincere in their desire to keep the campaign on a civil tone. But now that the issue is in the hands of the masses, they have little control over things that are said and done. Sadly, there are those among us even in Marshall County who enjoy creating a stir.

I was on the road Friday morning and caught WCBL’s Coffee Call when a female caller spoke very disrespectfully of Marshall 1st member Sissy Wommack, suggesting she should “pack her bags and get outta town.” I doubt she made members of the Say No Now camp very proud, but it is voices of people like this caller that will resonate among the more level headed.

It’s time for everyone to take a step back, take a deep breath and consider the long term fall-out of a county wide fight over alcohol sales. I for one am glad we live in a place where we are free to express our feelings and put signs in on our lawns if we so choose (I don’t have one in my yard for those of you curious). Those among us who are vandalizing and stealing the signs need to go home and find something better to do with their time and energy.

What an irony that at this time we have amazing unity taking place for the victims of a car crash, yet on the other hand we have an issue that threatens to divide us on so many levels.
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