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E-mail to Legislators from Wichita Pastor Terry Fox:
Hello, this is Pastor Terry Fox and I hope this email finds everyone doing really well. It has been my privilege to know and to work with many of you on important issues affecting our state. In recent days, after some dialogue and review on this bill that is before you—I have become very concerned. There are many reasons for my concern, but let me only mention a couple: The first being that it appears to me, that it will make dangerous alcohol more accessible to all different ages of people in our community--therefore, creating a safety hazard for those consuming, as well as those in the community. It is a true fact, that the more alcohol is available the number of incidences involving alcohol increases. (Such as family domestic, DUI’s, etc.)
Secondly: I am very concerned about SB 54 because of the added responsibility of the ABC and other law enforcement agencies. With my having served for 10 years in law enforcement, I am confident that enforcing the law and regulations of this bill will be nearly impossible in the State of Kansas as well as expensive and time consuming. I am not at all convinced with some of the studies and arguments being made that this will be helpful, or profitable, for the State of Kansas. In fact, I believe that there is a possibility in the long run that this will be expensive for us. I would therefore like to ask each of you to oppose and to vote "No" on this bill therefore allowing alcohol sales to remain as they presently are. I certainly do appreciate you taking time to read this and considering my concerns—which I assure you, reflect many in our state. As some of you may know, Pastor Joe Wright and I have brought back our radio program, Answering The Call. (As you may recall, we started the program during the Marriage Amendment debate.) Our program is aired live on 1480 AM (The Big Talker) as well as other stations on the Mid-America Network each Sunday evening—this program gives us the forum to discuss and take calls about important issues affecting our community. If we could ever be of assistance to you in letting the communities know across our state what is going on in Topeka—don’t hesitate to let us know—we always try to be fair and balanced and can only go with the information that we have. If you would like to be on the program concerning any particular issue, give us a call. Again, thanks for all the many hours you spend trying to make our communities a great place to live.
Pastor Terry Fox, Senior Pastor
Susan Schoket says:
Mrs. Mary Weilert says:
How would the mom and pop competeBy MaxCat1
How would the mom and pop liquor store compete with the likes of Wal Mart and Dillon’s?
To find that answer just take a look at how all the used-to-be mom and pop grocery stores did.
This has got to be just another idea quietly pushed upwards by big business. Get a study that says this will increase jobs, pull the strings on a few legislators and have them introduce a bill, let the little people debate the merits of the study so they can be convinced this is not a bad idea and that they really, really want this to happen for their own good, pass the bill or if not pass it the next time around, once passed realize the cha ching cha ching sounds echoing across your corporations bottom line and then come up with multiple reasons why all the mom and pop liquor stores are failing; poor management, over pricing, consumers just don't want to support them anymore, bla. bla. bla etc. etc.
Anyone remember how many local neighborhood grocery stores we used to rely on? Know why they all went bye bye? Can you say Wal Mart...or Dillon’s...or Hy Vee?
Cha ching, cha ching goes the huge corporation’s cash register as they lay even more small businesses to rest. But, but it's the Amurican way, ya'll.
By voxpopuli |
I have nothing against drinking. I don't drink but it's none of my business if you do. I don't want to see Kansas turn into Missouri, though. I don't want to go into a Dillons, turn the corner at the end of the frozen foods aisle and come face to face with a full-fledged liquor store.
It'll change Kansas permanently for the worse. It won't be Kansas anymore. I'd hate to see it.
Sorry if it steps on your making a profit or causes you to make an extra stop to get ready for that party this weekend. It's just the way I feel.
...never thought I would be. I always thought how cool it was you could get a tank of gas and a case of beer at the same time; or buy your bread and milk, and pick up a bottle of wine at the same stop. Now, as this question has become a reality, I don't know if I like it. You go to gas stations to get fuel, period. Why would a gas station sell alcohol anyway? Kind of odd, don't you think? I like a stand-alone store exclusively for alcohol. It's unique. I don't expect to get my groceries and my shoes at the same store, why make it that way with booze? Besides, what grocery store will have the same selection as your neighborhood liquor store? The same service? Knowledge of product? The ability to special order a wine for you? Doubt any grocery store will do that.
The more access kids have to booze the more risky behavior they engage in which leads to more unplanned pregnancies which leads to more welfare and more tax's , More kids drinving under the influence which leads to more DUI deaths ...You would think MADD would have an Issue with minors selling booze????
black_butterfly (anonymous) says…
Letter to the Editor from St. John's citizen sums up the feelings of most Kansans. Click here to view
Manhattan Mercury Letter to the Editor. Click here to view
People think about it and keep your dollar in Kansas, don't send it to big box stores out of state, its that simple.
Chris Walker, Publisher, Emporia Gazette
But convenience will come at a cost which would mean hurting the independent liquor stores. Over the last several decades retailing has changed. One stop shopping at major retailers has closed many of the independently owned business that dotted main streets.
Hays Daily News, Editorial
Legislators should reject this jobs-killing legislation.
Fort Scott Tribune Letter to the Editor. Click here to view
Mike Hendricks, Columnist, Kansas City Star
Me, I‟m for keeping things as they are.
What swayed me was an observation made by Kansas City area craft beer lover Dan Ryan on his Gone Mild blog.
It might be easier to find someone to sell you a beer in Kansas after the big guys move in and force the small-store owners out of business. But, as Ryan wrote, anyone who appreciates the taste of beer wouldn‟t want to drink the swill that would most likely dominate the shelves at your local kwikee mart.
“I‟ll happily trade 50 outlets for Natty Light in my neighborhood for one store that carries Dogfish Head and Pretty Things and all those beers I read about and yearn to taste,” Ryan said.
Hey, I‟ll drink to that.