I have been a resident of Madison County for the past nine years and feel I am a respected, contributing member to our community. The main issues I take exception to with people trying to limit my choices are as follows:
1) My vote of “Yes” does not take away your ability to say no when being offered liquor. Consequently, your no vote does directly stop my ability to say yes to ordering a drink with dinner within my county.
2) Stifling a person’s ability, especially our youth, to make their own informed decision does not prepare them for life outside our county lines – let alone college, new job locations, etc. People tend to overindulge when something has been a taboo.
3) Making a county wet does not make a person an alcoholic, abusive, nor a drug addict. These are personality traits not direct results to liquor access. It is a huge leap to lump together having a drink with dinner to cocaine use and abuse.
4) Lastly, I too know my Bible and Christ’s first Miracle turned water into wine. Stating that I am not a Christian or even a good Christian if I vote Yes is ridiculous. One has nothing to do with the other. I am a Christian that shows my caring and strength of faith daily. My husband and I have raised our children in a faith based environment.
Everything comes back to family and how you were raised. Abuse in any form is wrong- we know and teach this. Trying to limit choices through scare tactics or peer pressure is wrong – we teach this to our children or at least I did in my family.