To the editor,

This is in regards to recent letters on the wet/dry issue. To the dismay of some of my fellow Christian believers, I view this matter differently than some do. 1. I believe history reveals prohibition was one of the most lawless times in American history, as the big crime syndicates took over the liquor industry. The repeal of prohibition put things back into a legal regulated industry not controlled by big crime. 2. As a result of the constitutional amendment repealing prohibition, the manufacture, sale, and purchase of alcohol beverages became a constitutional right in accordance with controlled federal, state, and local government regulations. 3. There is much said, and should be, that we are to follow God’s laws than man’s laws, of which I am in full agreement. But the New Testament does not condemn all use of alcohol mentioning a little wine for the stomach (medical), and drink with moderation. 4. On some things it would be nice if this county could isolate ourselves from nearby counties, but we are all in this world together, and have to deal with the same matters whether it be alcohol, infrastructures, quality of education, etc. 5. It makes more sense to have beer and wine locally available instead of people having to go out of town to get it, and for the few that are drunkards become a drunken driver on their way back home. 6. People are going to drink, without getting drunk, such as for medical reasons or just merely having a glass of it with their meals as part of their food diet. I get a little “disgusted” (for lack of a better word) of some alluding that anyone who drinks is a family abuser. I view this similar to gun control. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Alcohol per se does not create family abuse, a flaw in character does. I have known people who will drink on occasions such as a beverage with meals, and in no way are abusers of family or their fellow man. 7. As wine and beer are taxed, why not let those who purchase it, pay those taxes in Erath County instead of elsewhere, thereby broadening local tax revenues.

Glen Moody

Stephenville

To the editor,

To all who have been hearing the buzz around the much debated campaign to repeal the prohibited sale of beer and wine in Erath county, I would like to address a few points of misinformation in the community.

Myth: The campaign is being funded by grocery stores, convenience stores and beer distributors.

Fact: The Erath Repeal Action Committee has not received any funding from such. In fact our committee has yet to even host a “fund-raising campaign.”

Myth: The effort to legalize beer and wine sales is being led by college students.

Fact: I am the chairman of the Erath Repeal Action Committee, a 2005 Tarleton State graduate with a degree in communications. The petition drive was held between June and July while more than half of Tarleton students are gone for the summer. During the petition phase, which had nearly 3,000 register voters signatures, only roughly a quarter of the signatures were from college age residents.

Myth: Wet counties are more dangerous than dry.

Fact: According to a 2006 study done by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 10,000 people in dry counties 6.8 are involved in alcohol related fatalities verse wet having 1.9 for every 10,000 residents.

Another factor I feel is extremely important to mention on the safety issue is the tax revenue. These two issues work together because our local police departments work off of tax payers dollars. Increasing the tax revenue will allow for more policemen to be hired and allow for higher pay of these much needed officers. Some people will say “Yes we’ll have more cops but that’s because the crime rate will go up.” So I say in rebut, of course the crime rate appears to go up. It appears that way because these towns that have gone from wet to dry finally have the ability to pay more patrolmen to tend to the crimes currently going unabated in dry counties.

A few more quick notes:

While Texas has 254 counties only 46 remain to be dry. Throughout the union only eight states are left with dry counties. When you do a web search for the best small towns there is no correlation between that of wet towns against dry. In fact a recent CNN national study found 100 best small towns in America and listed four Texas towns, Schertz, Hewitt, Keller and Friendswood. All of which are in wet counties. Schertz the Texan town highest on the national list for CNN’s best small towns is also in a county that permits liquor to be sold.

It is true that people abuse alcohol but remember nearly 5,000 people (including those unregistered) signed a petition to allow beer and wine sales here in Erath County. I think it is time that we prove that simply because a few people are irresponsible that thousands of local supporters are capable of being responsible adults.

Erath Repeal Action Committee will host a voter registration drive at City Limits on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.

Thank you,

Dustin Meiron

Chairman Erath Repeal Action Committee