Letters on wet/dry issue: What’s best for Owen County?

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If you have ever had a close friend or family member who suffered from alcoholism, you will definitely know you should vote “no” on July 26. We are encouraged in God’s word to not do anything to cause anyone else to stumble. (Romans 4:21) While we all fall short of that at times, why intentionally do something we know can be so destructive for our county? “Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1.
Our children come into the world morally pure and pristine. Many become socialized into harmful and hurtful patterns by parents and society. Let us not make the mistake of making Owen County wet.
Many statistics have been given the past weeks but many of them compare Owen County to counties of much larger population. Because we are such a small county, we are not going to see the big money benefits and it will cost us more in the long run in many ways.
In more recent years, the Kentucky Committee of Transportation revealed 41 percent of highway deaths are alcohol related. Repeat DUI offenders persist in drinking and driving because they believe they will not be caught or convicted. Alcohol-related deaths are on the increase and those of us not directly involved in crashes pay for nearly three quarters of all crash costs, through insurance premiums and taxes. Alcohol intoxication may seem satisfying at the time, but a heavy price is paid for that brief moment that is thought to be enjoyment.
Plan wisely and act with decisiveness and discernment on July 26. Vote no.
Patricia Malcomb