Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

January 20, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Don’t let alcohol sales in county

On Tuesday, Jan.22,  a special election is being held on a wet-dry vote for alcohol sales in our county. This, we, the life-long residents of Greenup County, cannot allow happen.

I have lived here in Flatwoods for the past 40-plus years. Flatwoods, like all other Greenup County cities, is a clean, quiet and safe place to raise our families. If we do not take a stand and defeat these individuals who are trying to ruin our way of life in Greenup County our way of life will be turned upside down and ruined forever.

Ashland went wet in 1981, and the crime rate there has multiplied  20-fold if not more.

Don’t believe me. Just read the police reports every day and see for yourself. The sale of alcohol will not produce enough money to cover the cost of the extra law enforcement we will need to hire to keep our roads and cities safe.

There is no restriction clause which means anything goes — and I mean anything! Is this what you the citizens of Flatwoods, Russell, Worthington, Raceland, Greenup want? I know I don’t. I love the quiet, clean and safe town I live in.

Don’t forget, our children are going to be raising our grandchildren here.

Please join me in voting “no” and keeping life in our county safe for everyone, young and old. Thank you for your support.

Greg Stevens, Flatwoods

    

Exercise right to vote Tuesday

How vividly I recall my sweet little boy when he reached the legal age and all I had was the right to pray to God. I hadn’t allowed alcohol in my home and always tried to steer my children in the ways of God just as my father had taught me from a young age.

My son had just turned 21 and I was having to face the fact that my little boy had become an alcoholic. I began to pray and educate myself to the realities of this monster drug, known as alcohol. I began testing different opportunities to try to relate to my son, to get into his head, to try to make him see what he was doing to himself.

Finally, when I had tried all I knew, I gave it totally to God. I placed that little boy of mine in the hands of God, trusting God to see us through.

This Tuesday, Jan 22,  from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. is a special election for Greenup County with one question: Should Greenup County become “wet.” I never thought I’d see this day, but it is now reality. You have a vote. It is simply a yes or no vote.

If a few evil terrorists can make such a life-changing impact on our society, how much more impact can we, a body of believers, make upon our community just by being proactive with our right to vote. Please help make an impact upon the lives of others like my little boy who is now a daddy himself, and all the lives that have been impacted by this drug. Please exercise your right to vote in this special election this Tuesday.

JoAnn Scott, South Shore

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