MATTER OF OPINION: Get answers before the wet/dry vote

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By Robin Bass

On October 20, voters will have two choices when it comes to the special-election to legalizing alcohol sales in Spencer County – yes or no.

Initially, the issue seemed a straightforward one. Either voters will be for or against converting the county’s alcohol status to wet. But if anything has been gleaned in the past six months, it is that this is no simple issue.

Proponents of the measure have touted alcohol sales as a giant step toward economic prosperity in the county. They see the beer, wine and liquor sales as a way to bring in new businesses, create jobs and generate much-needed tax revenue.

Opponents, however, have predicted that selling alcohol will accomplish nothing short of destroying the community’s peaceful, country way of life. They envision a future filled with more crime, broken homes and shattered lives as access to the legalized drug becomes more convenient.

With the truth likely hidden somewhere between the two, voters have been left with a lot of rhetoric, but little in the way of facts. In an effort to help clear up some of the confusion and hopefully provide Spencer Countians with real answers, The Spencer Magnet has organized a community information forum for tomorrow at the middle school gym beginning at 7 p.m.

Panelists from the Alcohol Beverage Commission will be attending this very important public meeting, and will be ready to answer your questions.

Also presenting facts, statistics and commentary will be local law enforcement, business leaders and pastors.

This evening plans to be one of enlightenment and learning for everyone who intends to vote in the special-election – even for those who have already made up their minds.

There are only 13 days left before history is made in Spencer County and, in the end, it all comes down to a simple “yes” or “no” vote. Make sure that you have all the pieces of information you need to make a thoughtful, educated decision by attending tomorrow’s forum.