Every day in my mailbox is a message from deep-pocketed, big-box retailers: “Vote YES on 1183.” This is the first time I have had a ballot measure number memorized just from the sheer volume of propaganda mail I am getting.
I don’t much care what happens to 1183. Whichever way it goes is not going to determine the fate of the world. But, truth be told, I’m going to vote against it. One good reason is that if it loses, corporations may get our message that they can’t buy our votes with reams of glossy junk mail.
They say that if you vote “Yes,” then we can buy liquor from our favorite big-box store. That’s nice of them. What they mean is, more drunks are going to be racing out at all hours of the night to buy liters of vodka, unlike now, when state liquor stores close before 8 o’clock.
And, in my neighborhood, since there’s no Costco or Trader Joe’s, the corner beer store will carry hard liquor, further fostering local alcoholism.
Sometime great ideas need to be stopped.