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LIQUOR: Voters deceived themselves

Letter by James E. Ewalt, Gig Harbor on June 1, 2012 at 9:47 am | 11 Comments »
June 1, 2012 10:17 am

Re: “State voters were hoodwinked” (letter, 6-1).

I am amused that some feel they were taken advantage of by Washington state. They now have buyer’s remorse because all they heard was “take the state out of the liquor business” and looked, read or heard nothing further.

They took no notice of or dismissed entirely all the articles stating that taxes would remain the same or increase to compensate for the loss of revenue, ignored the additional percentage for “increased enforcement” of liquor laws and assumed that an initiative written by and for large retailers would somehow benefit the consumer!

Well, it’s June, and the state is indeed out of the liquor business. Its new job is “increased enforcement” which, despite the added money, it cannot afford to do given that liquor is sold everywhere all the time. How long before small outlets sue for equal access to sales?

Now that the genie is out of the bottle, there is no putting it back. Maybe next time we will look a little further than the simple-minded claims we hear in the ads. But I doubt it.

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