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Don’t let alcohol put its hooks in you

Published 1:45pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dear Editor,

Voting to bring public legal sales of alcohol to Hartselle makes you just as guilty and accountable as if you opened your own store and sold it to your neighbors and your neighbor’s children.

If your response is “I would never do that,” I ask you, what is the difference? Do you think that voting for someone else to sell the stuff gets you off the hook? You are seriously wrong.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the U.S. had this to say about the nation’s alcohol problem on Nov. 22, 1963:

“Alcoholism is tragically high on the list of our nation’s health problems. Five million Americans are alcoholics. They bring incalculable grief to millions of families. They cost their families, their employers and society billions of dollars.”

A man takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.

Don Atkinson


  • touchman

    Would you outlaw alcohol throughout the country? That has been tried and failed miserably with much unneeded violence and deaths. Not to mention the harm done to individual freedoms for millions of responsible adults that like to drink alcohol.

    Alcoholism is deadly. No one is denying that. We are not voting on that. If you vote NO Nov. 6, alcoholism will still be in Hartselle. I am voting for the free market and for civil society taking care of itself when I vote YES Nov. 6. It is not government’s responsibility to save ourselves. Let’s look to our neighbors and charitable communities who are better suited for that.

    The tyranny of prohibition was and still is a bad policy. It is time to end it in Hartselle.

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