I'd like to take a minute to say "Thanks" to my readers. I have often thought that my readers were intelligent and thoughtful, no matter their position. The email and comments I receive prove the point to my satisfaction. I get far more email than you see. Some, who know me, have my private email address. All comments go straight to the blog, any warts and all. I received a comment today. It is very well presented, whether you agree with the local option, or not. It is thoughtful and intelligent. It can be found in the Comments section of "Sorry" post, but it deserves a special posting. It is below. I've got the best readers in the world.
I wonder about a ripple effect if the citizens of Rowlett vote no on the liquor issue. I think it sends a signal that we are against progress, and I have to think that has some weight with whoever might want to come into Rowlett and do business.
I've listened to the mayor on this topic, and he's right. If we vote no, Garland and Rockwall will vote yes. We'll have liquor stores on the borders of our town, and we'll get none of the revenue. Kind of like all the retail around here...
As for any argument against it in Rowlett, I haven't heard any discussion about it. I have seen this debate in other cities before though, and am pretty familiar with the usual canards. Without fail, predictions of doom and gloom never materialized in those cities that voted for liquor, or even just to go damp. Not once. And everyone knows it. Continuing to argue against it on these faulty premises speaks to a person's intelligence at best, or a person's honesty at worst. My apologies to anyone in Rowlett arguing against liquor sales with an original and not yet dis-proven hypothesis.