I’m usually in agreement with most of the editorial boards opinions concerning political matters, but I find your stance on initiative 1100 to be more than irresponsible.
This poorly written initiative reminds me of the minimum wage initiative that I winced at when it was put into effect. When you look at the long term consequences of dismantling the state’s control of hard liquor in this fashion, it creates a ripple effect of chaos.
Right now, I’m an employed taxpayer. If 1100 passes, I may be unemployed and on assistance from the state. Businesses that would decide to put hard alcohol on their store shelves don’t need to hire more people to do that.
When you want to dismantle this type of control, it should be done between the state and private business leaders. Unfortunatly it should not be done by will of the people. It needs to be done with thought not emotion.
I think Costco has some damn smart lawyers who decided if they couldn’t win in the courts, try pushing through an initiative and let the people decide. I have high hopes that the populace of Washington State will see this initiative for what it is, and for the long term harm it can cause our states economy. I’m not sure how many people realize that even if this were to pass, it would probably still go back into the courts to be contested. That costs money too.