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Victoria Pike issues statement on Wet/Dry, other issues

Says we aren't stopping alcohol use with prohibition, just encouraging people to go out of town to shop. She even wants to keep both Armitages.
'No matter what your opinion on the sale of alcohol or any other good or service in our community, we don't need to be running folks away, but instead we need to be attracting them.' -VICKY PIKE

By Victoria Pike
Commentary and personal opinion of Victoria Pike

It is my opinion that if people want something, you provide it and collect the tax revenue on it in your county.

Don't send them to another county to buy it. If they want it, they are going to the other county to get it. EXCLUDING METH.

It seems kind of simpleminded not to sell it in your county. You are not stopping them from getting it. They are just going out of town to buy it.

Also, while they are out of town, they are spending their money on more items than the one they couldn't get in their county. Items like gas, groceries, and clothes. Most will stop before they head home and eat at a restaurant as well. Again more lost revenue.

And while we are on it, a nice restaurant near the parkway is badly needed.

Go to Cracker Barrel website and on the contact page, send them a message that we would really love to have them in Columbia and Adair County. I did and you can too.

Also, with the location next to the Cumberland Parkway, we might actually attract some folks in from other counties as well as those passing through to buy our goods and services.

This just isn't an issue tied to one particular product.

It is the idea that if you don't sell it people won't use it. That is just not practical, as we all know.

I hope Wayne and Barbara will stay with us. They are a true asset to our community.

No matter what your opinion on the sale of alcohol or any other good or service in our community, we don't need to be running folks away, but instead we need to be attracting them. - VICKY PIKE

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