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ALCOHOL: Keep the state liquor stores

Letter by Mark E. Olson, Olympia on July 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm | 19 Comments »
July 21, 2010 9:15 am

Large retail companies like Costco would like us to believe that doing away with state liquor stores would save us money. It might save them money but allowing more alcohol into society will almost certainly cost the taxpayers more.

Alberta, Canada, did the same thing some years ago. After a few years of study it was found that there was a significant increase in fetal alcohol syndrome, drukn-driving accidents and mortality as well as a decrease in taxes collected.

Our state liquor stores serve as a curb on demand, if nothing else, and clearly can and probably do benefit our society. Large corporations seem to only exist for short-term gains.

I urge all citizens to weigh their options carefully before eliminating the state liquor stores.

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