The recent letters complaining about the new liquor prices once again demonstrate the level of ignorance among the citizens of this state. Anyone pointing a finger at the state of Washington for being “greedy” or “deceptive” obviously has no clue as how an initiative works.
The state does not and cannot write an initiative. That process is exclusively reserved for “the people.” Unfortunately big corporations such as Costco can take advantage of the process by deceiving the public through distorting the truth and outright lies. Anyone who visited Costco and questioned the signature gatherers knows they were told the prices would be significantly lower.
It amazes me that the aforementioned writers fail to put the blame where it actually belongs, which is squarely on the shoulders of Costco and nowhere else. Having themselves authored the initiative, does anyone believe Costco didn’t know what the results would be?
It’s obvious Costco didn’t care what the prices of liquor would be as long as they could sell it.