The alcohol sales referendum in Blount County will probably once again be on the November ballot, I am sorry to say. I do not understand some people’s logic for wanting to sell and tax alcohol, in my opinion, it will not help the schools, the learning environment, or roads. It will not improve the quality of the teachers, which I have the utmost admiration for, as my mother, my daughter, and granddaughter are teachers. One thing that will help more than anything is parents getting involved with their children at school and at home.
Some people will say, well people will get their alcohol elsewhere, which is true, so let’s legalize sales and collect the taxes for the county. Those that use illegal drugs will get it somewhere, so do we want to legalize and tax these drugs?
MADD statistics show that high school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school or believe good grades are not important. It also shows drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year. This is more than any tax that would be collected by the county.
Please get on the Internet and look at the statistics from MADD, car-accidents.com, DUI drunk driving national statistics and NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts. These statistics show that too many people cannot control their alcohol consumption.
Charles J. Shipp