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As I write this, it’s Election Day. According to Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid, it looks like a lot of people are coming out to vote on this topic.
The fight over the wet/dry issue wasn’t particularly bloody thank goodness.
When I was the editor of the Times-Tribune in Corbin, the local-option issue came to a vote and it made for some strange bedfellows.
Rumor had it that the bootleggers were coordinating their efforts with local religious leaders and the dry forces were buying votes like there was a half-price sale going on. Of course, none of this could be proven. There was a lot of mudslinging during that fight.
But here in Owen County, the fight has remained pretty civil. Some signs have been removed or vandalized but that’s really about it. No meetings have turned violent.
At this point, we don’t know if Owen County will stay dry or go wet.
Regardless, let’s hope this election puts the issue to rest. No matter which side wins, let’s hope that everyone respects the will of the voters.
Voting is one of the great privileges of being an American and we should all respect the results.