Letters to the Editor

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Tag: I-1100

April
13th

LIQUOR: Voters didn’t reject privatization

You were just flat wrong in stating that the voters rejected two proposals to privatize liquor last November (editorial, 4-13). Rather, the vote was split between two conflicting and confusing initiatives, one of which – Initiative 1105 – was heavily backed by liquor distributors.

Had Initiative 1100 been on the ballot on its own, it would have captured practically all of the favorable votes for privatization and passed. That was the voters’ intent, and that’s what the Legislature should keep in mind.

Oct.
20th

ELECTION: Leave liquor sales to private businesses

Initiatives 1100 and 1105 both seek to privatize the sale of hard alcohol, something that should have been done all along.

The state has no reason to be in the liquor business in the first place. I understand the need to regulate the distribution and sale of alcohol and control the licensing, but the sales should be left to private businesses.

Taxation on alcoholic beverages and the additional licensing fees for the retail beverage outlets will help to offset the loss in revenue, while the sales staff from the state liquor stores will be able to find jobs at any

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Oct.
20th

ELECTION: Reject both liquor initiatives

Re: “Get state out of liquor sales” (editorial, 10-18).

As a college student just entering my 21st year on earth, there is a general assumption that I fall directly into the voter demographic that would be in favor of initiatives like 1100 and/or 1105. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.

I believe that products such as hard liquor should be sold and taxed by our state government. In addition to the valid concerns of possible increases in alcohol-related driving accidents and underage consumption, I think it’s important to remember that alcohol is a drug, and should be treated

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Get Washington out of liquor business

Local control is the primary reason Washington citizens should support I-1100 and get the state out of the liquor business and out of my community. Currently, Washington puts a store where it wants, typically in areas with less community clout than more affluent neighborhoods.

If liquor is sold in local stores, your local city council will have the final annual approval authority to say yes or no to approve a license. Further, if citizens find certain stores offensive due to theft, underage sales, or just can’t manage the sale of alcoholic beverages, it’s your local city council that will feel

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Keep jobs and keep kids safe; vote no on I-1100

Also known as the Costco initiative, I-1100 completely privatizes all state liquor stores and will cut over hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue that is funding many government jobs such as firefighters and police officers. I-1100 is ultimately putting liquor into the hands of underage drinkers, making it easier for teenagers to drink then it already is.

If I-1100 passes Washington State will be eliminating the jobs that will be saving your children’s lives when they buy alcohol from your local convenience store at 2 a.m. Keeping our children safe should be our number one priority, not

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Liquor sales just part of the problem

Re: “Get state out of liquor sales” (editorial, 10-17).

I have a dog in this fight, actually a pack. I have been a liquor store clerk since 1998. Everyone is addressing underage sales. No one is bringing up theft.

Liquor is a drug. It is stolen, sold and bartered as such. Is the clerk at your corner store going to gently confront everyone and ask for ID when groups of four and six come through the door? Will he/she ask for the bottle back that just went down the front of the pants, in the purse, into the pocket?

Half

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Burger, fries and heartburn

Apparently inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court decision expanding free speech rights to corporations, The Ram now sees fit to serve its brew on “Vote for 1100” coasters and place campaign slogans in the windows.

Time was, when it wasn’t politic to serve politics with your customer’s dinner.

Maybe I need a new app (Boycott Bar Politics?) to screen the eateries for the proprietor’s political improprieties. Next thing you know, without liquor control, the new corporate free speech will be to serve free drinks on Election Day for your vote.

Oct.
14th

ELECTION: A vote for I-1100 is a vote for higher taxes

I think that voting yes on Initiative 1100 is a dumb idea.

The money that the state makes on liquor sales goes into the state treasury. The state treasury is where the state gets the money to perform the services that it provides to the citizens of Washington. Some of these services even fiscal conservatives want provided, like the State Patrol and prisons.

If I-1100 passes, millions of dollars will not go into the state treasury. If it had been in effect in 2009, state taxpayers would have lost more than $230 million in revenue, which was used to

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