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I-1183: Too much junk mail

Letter by John M. Bartley, Tacoma on Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm with 2 Comments »
October 31, 2011 10:22 am

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. surething says:

    Are you kidding me? EVERYTHING this election has too much junk mail. lol

  2. alindasue says:

    Maybe it’s where you live, but I’ve gotten much more No on I-1183 hyperbole filled junk mail than Yes on I-1183 mail.

    Now, I don’t drink alcohol, so I don’t care where it’s sold. People who buy liquor will buy liquor. People who don’t won’t. It doesn’t matter where it is sold. Grocery stores are just as good at ID-ing customers as liquor stores are.

    I have only bought liquor once in my life. I went into a liquor store to buy whiskey for the elderly lady I was doing chore services for. They sold it to me for her. I was 17.

    That’s why I don’t buy into the liquor stores are more secure than grocery stores nonsense. I bought whiskey at a state liquor store at age 17, but I’ve yet to actually see a grocery store cashier let a customer (even one employees already know) through without insisting on proof of age at the point of sale.

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