Today's Opinions

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: We are better off without bars

    On April 10, 1984, I lost my father to the actions of a drunken driver.
    My father and mother had just eaten lunch. Daddy gave her a quick kiss and went outside to finish mowing the grass. He never came back in.
    At that same time, two young men had been out on the river drinking beer with some friends. On their way home, they saw Daddy and decided to scare the “old man.” Daddy was 72, in perfect health and enjoying retirement after working 41 years for the Alabama Power Company.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: Greed is at heart of wet drive

    I have personally been affected by alcohol in my life. Those who say that alcohol isn’t harmful are not facing reality. Anything that hinders your mind from thinking clearly and makes you do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do sober is harmful.
    Who will benefit from Owen County going wet? A few greedy people who think that they can prosper from contributing to the delinquency of a county.
    We already have a terrible drug problem in Owen County. We don’t need alcohol sales too.

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

    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.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Judge-executive says voters should make informed decision

    I hope all registered voters go to the polls and vote on July 26. This is a privilege that a majority of the world’s population does not enjoy. This freedom and many others have come at a great price to those who have served our country and protected our democracy. It is my hope that we will respect each other during this time of voting.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: Stay dry and be safer

    It’s been with great interest I’ve followed the letters and comments about the issue of voting our county wet.
    I’ve been a proud Owen countian for some 45 years. I’ve considered most of the people here caring folks who want only the best for their neighbors. I’m no longer sure of that.
    Our thinking has become selfish and unbalanced. Money seems to be all many people care about — the taxes we can collect from the sale of alcohol.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: We don’t need more alcohol

    I just wanted to send out one more plea to the Christians in this county. Be God’s soldiers and stand up for the right to protect our children and grandchildren from seeing and being able to buy alcohol in our stores as they grow up. If we turn our backs on this we will answer for it. If we all stand together and vote “No,” everyone, even if you don’t go to church, you can be against it. Don’t vote “Yes” just because someone asks you to.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Let your conscience guide you

    There are probably hundreds of Christians in Owen County who feel as I do concerning the wet/dry vote coming up on July 26.
    We are against the expanded sale of alcohol in our county. We will go to the polls and vote no.
    It will take a combined effort of all Christians, countywide, to get out and vote no on this issue.
    Scripture says that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9-10). Plus, our own conscience guides us to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.

    Pat O. Craigmyle

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Look for divine help on issue

    Attention pastors in Owen County, please address from your pulpit we need to keep the county dry. If you have elderly people that need a ride to vote, help find them one.
    As an older lady living in Owen County almost all my life, I have seen a lot of changes in our world, some good and some bad. I pray we never see the change of Owen County voted wet.
    The Bible says we reap what we sow. We will reap great consequences if this is voted wet. Think about our teens and young people. They are tempted with enough.