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ELECTION: Reject both liquor initiatives

Letter by Lauren R. Beard, Tacoma on Oct. 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm with 3 Comments »
October 20, 2010 2:32 pm

Re: “Get state out of liquor sales” (editorial, 10-18).

As a college student just entering my 21st year on earth, there is a general assumption that I fall directly into the voter demographic that would be in favor of initiatives like 1100 and/or 1105. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.

I believe that products such as hard liquor should be sold and taxed by our state government. In addition to the valid concerns of possible increases in alcohol-related driving accidents and underage consumption, I think it’s important to remember that alcohol is a drug, and should be treated as a recreational luxury, not a necessity.

We aren’t talking about a government monopoly on bread and butter here; consumers don’t need liquor, they want it. And, just like other products hazardous to our health, restricted distribution and steeper prices for alcohol could serve as mechanisms to help prevent both personal and societal damages caused by frequent and long-term use.

High taxes and slight inconvenience is a fair price to pay if it provides income for our state and a safer environment for our citizens.

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    That’ swhat I need Laura – a government that decides what I need or don’t need!!! Wake up lady and grow a set – stand up for the principle that the marketplace built our nation without government ownership of retail outlets!!

  2. scailwwu says:

    I don’t know what people think about underage drinking, but it is rampant and thrives on purchasing beer and wine from cornershop stores that couldn’t care less about carding people. That’s what we all did when we were in high school and college. I can assure you we never tried, or at least never succeded, at buying liquor from a state run shop. They were on top of their game. With what I have experienced when I was younger as well as what I have seen now that I am older, liquor is more dangerous to youth and addicted individuals than wine or beer are. As for the government deciding on what I need…they never deny my purchases, and they keep the stores safe and clean…maybe they are doing a good job the3rdpigshouse. I think her name was Lauren by the way haha.

  3. I wonder if the letter writer feels the same about “medical pot”?

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