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Re: “Cocktails for Chatham?

In my mind, I find this current debate of liquor by the drink to antiquated. Decisions concerning alcohol should have been settled before the Beatles hit our shores. All the notes both pro and against this debate should be in musty boxes in some basement somewhere in the county under inches and inches of dust. Unfortunately this is not the current situation. In 2009, North Carolina should be having honest debates about growing and taxing marijuana not only for those with chronic pain but to grow as a legal cash crop, with the federal, state and local governments all with their hands out ready to grab taxes from a source that doesn't exist yet. Right now Chatham citizens, just like the rest of our country, are strapped for cash and most times I feel that the Chatham County Commissioners see setting their budgets for the next year like children reading a brand new Sears catalogue and ready to buy everything they and charge all these wants on the on the backs of Chatham citizens next installment of taxes. But I digress...

There are many who will say that the moral complications to our county by allowing liquor by the drink will be huge and we should not change the system as it stands. For me, the slippery slope concepts they are claiming are drawn out as overdramatic and unfounded. That being said, I thank God quite literally for the men and women who truly hold these convictions down to their boots. As a country, we are so full of people who are terrified that by standing to their convictions they might offend someone across the town or across the street. In living and thinking, everyone that thoroughly reasons through issues will offend another person. What makes the difference between opinionated jerk and a thinking gentleman is the way their thoughts are explained.

At the bottom line of this matter is that Chatham County needs higher end restaurants for properly thought out growth. The profit margin on liquor is huge whether the restaurant is a chain like Red Lobster or Outback Steakhouse or a wonderful old school, family restaurant that makes every ingredient from scratch at the start of each day. If these kinds of restaurants cant make their profit in Chatham, they will go to an area where they think their liquor profits will be more advantageous. Needless to say, the tax money follows the business.

On May 5, please vote yes to liquor by the drink. Our county certainly needs this new tax base. And hopefully, after the taxes start rolling in, it will make it a little easier on the citizens of Chatham County the next time the Commissioners get their wish book.

Ronald John Barlotta

Posted by sixstringrazor on 04/30/2009 at 11:25 AM

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