With all the whining over the new pricing on liquor since sales in Washington state went private on June 1 and with all the coverage of the subject in The News Tribune and other news outlets, the one thing I have found not covered much at all has been the impact on more than 900 Washington State Liquor Control Board employees who were given the boot by this move.
How about a feature on what the loss of their jobs, their health and dental insurances, their ability to keep building toward decent retirements for themselves and their families has done to them? A great many of those employees dedicated years, if not decades, of service to the people of Washington state and were unceremoniously shown the door.
Everyone claims to deplore the current rates of unemployment in this state and country, but it seems no one thought twice about kicking these folks out of their careers.
So next time someone wants to whine that they did not get the cheap liquor prices they thought they would, think about a former board employee who really is entitled to whine about something.
(Weidman is a former assistant manager with a state liquor store in Gig Harbor.)