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Linda Waggener: Voting yes to end duplicity, buy legal-local

Normally I never tell anyone how I'm voting. This historic wet/dry election issue, however, makes it just seem the right thing to do.

By Linda Waggener

My intention is to go to the polls and vote yes Tuesday March 22, 2016.

After reading every letter and comment from people I respect on both sides of the issue, I favor legalizing the sale of alcoholic beverages in Adair County because our present deceptive, look-the-other-way practice of bootlegging just does not seem the right thing to continue doing.

Because I disagree with the duplicity of allowing open illegal bootlegging in a dry county, I have not "driven through (wink/wink, nod/nod) and broken the law" as some have confessed. I prefer to buy local, but it has to be legal-local.

Because bootlegging businesses thrive in Adair County, the message from the majority seems perfectly clear -- that a nearby source of alcohol is needed, wanted and supported.

Caring very deeply about that question on the yard signs, "What Would Jesus Do" (WWJD), I've searched my heart as I've read and thought how to vote. The still voice inside tells me that if our Creator didn't design us to have free will, we would not have a choice. I think if each person follows their heart in this election the outcome will be right, whichever side wins.
    These are my thoughts as I plan on:

  • Voting yes to legalize local alcohol sales and end duplicitous non-legal-local sales

  • Voting yes to contribution of taxes to our economy from legal-local sales

  • Voting yes to the convenience of being able to pick up rum for Mom's holiday recipe while supporting a legal-local business

  • Voting yes to buying whiskey to make the family cold remedy while supporting a legal-local business

  • Voting yes to buying wine for special occasions while supporting a legal-local business

  • Voting yes to continued open discussion, non-violent debate and civilized elections
And if the majority votes "no" on Tuesday, and Adair remains a dry county, then I'll still love the people who believed that was the right thing to do, and I'll continue to be just fine shopping outside the county at legal-non-local businesses when I buy alcohol -- and when I do, I'll continue to have regrets that my purchase is not contributing to the economic well-being of home.

This story was posted on 2016-03-20 07:16:53
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