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Darrell Treece comments on Wet/Dry issue

By Darrell Treece
Personal Commentary

I am a property owner, tax payer, legal resident and registered voter in Adair county. Even though I am currently working in Missouri, I still keep up with the happenings in Adair County on CM. I have read the comments put on CM concerning the wet/dry vote with mixed emotions - sometimes amusement, sometimes anger, sometimes agreement, sometimes trepidation, sometimes sadness. I very seldom respond to or engage in public forums on issues such as this.

However, as a retired Adair County school superintendent and a former pastor at Russell Heights Baptist Church in Columbia, I feel compelled to share my personal views on the wet/dry election.

As an educator, I could certainly address the issue with documented facts, figures and statistics. I could address the issue as a minister with many Biblical references. I will use a few of these but, since a lot of those have already been presented, I will write mostly from my personal observations, experiences and opinions that have been shaped over 43 years in education working with students and their problems and from my 28 years in the ministry working with individuals and families.

First, as someone who started teaching when we still had the Bible, prayer and paddling in our schools, I remember the biggest discipline problems as being things such as chewing gum and throwing paper wads. As we look at the violent acts that have hit our schools since we removed God from the picture, have we really progressed? You decide if we are better off. As our nation has legalized abortion and same-sex marriage and in some places marijuana and prostitution, is our nation better off? Again, you decide.

I will have to use some references to scripture, such as: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." We can try to justify our sin or rename it so it doesn't sound so bad but "The wages of sin is death." Is someone who drinks a "worse" sinner than someone who overeats? (If you know me, you know that I have a few steaks, potatoes and desserts under my belt!) No! There are no "big" sins and "little" sins in God's eyes. Any disobedience to Him is sin and he HATES sin but he LOVES the person. So much in fact that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Again, that is a decision that you have to accept or reject for yourself.

As far as alcohol is concerned, it is a drug and it is addictive. As has been pointed out, so are nicotine and caffeine. However, these two do not impair judgment the way alcohol and other drugs do. How may fatal car accidents and how much other violence due to impaired judgment are acceptable for progress? I don't have statistics to back this up but I don't think there are many fatal car accidents caused by a smoking or coffee-drinking driver.

"People, including some underage, are going to get it anyway." I have no doubt this is true. However, if I started craving pizza but had to drive 30 miles to get a pizza, would I be as likely to get it as if I could drive down the street to get one? AVAILABILITY INCREASES POSSIBILITY! (especially if its legal) Does that mean that everyone that takes a drink will become and alcoholic? No. Many do drink responsibly. However, many also do not drink responsibly while still thinking they are. One statistic which I feel is absolutely accurate: Of those who never take a drink, 100% never become alcoholics!

I would have taken off from work and driven 500 miles to vote NO in this election. However, since I could vote by absentee ballot, I have already voted NO! If I can make this a priority, I encourage all those who only have to go down the road or across town to vote, please do so! It is one of the few privileges that we still enjoy.

Regardless of the outcome, when I finish my job here, I plan to return to Adair County full-time and will continue to be friends with those on both sides of this issue.

May God Bless You! -Darrell Treece

This story was posted on 2016-03-05 09:01:47
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