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LIQUOR STORES: What did you expect?

We took a well-run state enterprise – the liquor stores – that provided a solid income to the state and the employees that ran the stores and replaced it with an income to large stores and corporations.
Large corporations rule, and they write the rules. We have replaced a system that afforded much more control over shoplifting and underage abuse for the convenience of getting your alcohol at midnight. I’m sorry, but my eyes did not tear up at the end of the article (TNT, 12-8) on how small stores find it hard to compete.


LIQUOR: Mom-and-pop stores are suffering the hangover

Re: “The liquor store hangover” (TNT, 12-9).

The front-page article depicts the hangover the state of Washington, Safeway, Walmart, etc., along with the liquor distributors, have inflicted on the mom-and-pop liquor retail business.

Granted the new owners should have known about all the fees associated with buying into this business of liquor sales, but that alone is no excuse for the crippling taxes laid on those who don’t have the resources big retailers enjoy. The article notes that Oregon is reaping substantially from our state’s overly regressive and oppressive tax system on booze.

Putting the squeeze on the mom-and-pop

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LEGISLATURE: Inconsistency on issues

There are two issues that do not seem to be right to me.

• There are legislative districts that take in more money than they bring in, according to the state Office of Financial Management. Most of these districts are Republican districts.

For example, let’s take state Sen. Joseph Zarelli’s 18th Legislative District. OFM records show that one county in his district takes $1.47 and another takes $1.39 for every $1 they contribute to the state.

This is the same Zarelli who is asking state workers to take a 3 percent pay cut and extra furlough days to balance the

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ALCOHOL: Keep the state liquor stores

Large retail companies like Costco would like us to believe that doing away with state liquor stores would save us money. It might save them money but allowing more alcohol into society will almost certainly cost the taxpayers more.

Alberta, Canada, did the same thing some years ago. After a few years of study it was found that there was a significant increase in fetal alcohol syndrome, drukn-driving accidents and mortality as well as a decrease in taxes collected.

Our state liquor stores serve as a curb on demand, if nothing else, and clearly can and probably do benefit our

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