LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The present stream of letters to the editor condemning all alcoholic use appears to openly contradict and violate our Christian duty of love and unity.
Further I have to confess that I am personally dismayed and appalled that so much time, energy and money is locally spent to abate the sale of alcohol while our social service agencies (including CCC, Corbin United Effort and the Back Pack Programs) are overwhelmed with more people in dire poverty than they have finances to rescue. Coupling this to our ongoing crises of drug abuse, it is evident we have grave moral concerns rampant in our community. Might we be blind to and distracted from the real needs of our community?
Rev. John Burkhart
Concerned about alcohol sales in London
To the Editor:
I have great concerns about the upcoming alcohol vote in March.
Do we need to fuel the fire, since we already allow alcohol sales in restaurants? Even though we may have only three or four liquor stores in the city (if the vote passes), the way I understand it, if someone who is a business owner passes a background check and gets a license, they can sell beer. Do we really want beer and eventually liquor in our stores where families shop? We don’t want to promote underage drinking, do we, especially since our law enforcement is trying to eliminate the drug problem in and around Laurel County? Don’t burden them and their limited budget.
We really don’t know how much revenue this will bring into the city. Is the trade off going to be worth it or, in the future, will the taxpayer be liable for the extra funding for more law officers and equipment?
We read in the paper every week the list of alcohol-related offenses.