September 4, 2009 10:34:00 AM
Based on The Commercial Dispatch and the people attending the Monday night City Council hearing regarding liquor sales on Sunday, it was clear that the majority of the people in Columbus did not want Sunday sales of liquor.
Why would our council and mayor go against what the majority of the people wanted? I want to personally thank and applaud the three members of the Council (Mr.Box, Mickens, and Karriem) who voted against the sale of liquor on Sunday. Council member Kabir Karriem decided against what he wanted and went to his constituents to determine how he would vote. What a novel idea.
What the mayor and the other three Council members basically said was that the alcohol crowd deserves to get what they wanted every day of the week and those who oppose alcohol sales don''t even deserve the Lord''s day. All in the name of progressive thinking and greater tax revenue. We heard this before. What about the euphoria from our Legislature voting to allow gambling? The people were told it would solve all our financial problems. Our schools will never have to worry about money again. Why did my personal property taxes go up 28 percent this year and why did our representatives raise our car tag costs this year?
With all the destruction that results from alcohol, the city of Columbus will never benefit from this decision. God never said that He would bless a person, city, state or nation that turned to vices of destruction. No one can honestly deny alcohol''s destructive forces. Just look at the statistics. Now our elected officials believe that good is going to come from Sunday liquor sales? Remember these who voted the sale of liquor every day of the week when voting time comes again.
Ray Crane, Columbus
Alcoholic commented at 9/4/2009 2:52:00 PM:
It's amazing the amount of time and energy put into tiny, tiny issue. Just think, if Columbus citizens would spend as much time and energy trying to improve the city as they do fighting such small issues as this, Columbus might, just might move forward.
These kind of issues are exactly why Columbus is where it is.
Melody commented at 9/16/2009 11:26:00 AM:
NEW PREAMBLE AND Bill OF RIGHTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."
ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.
ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.
ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.
ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes..
ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.
ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.
ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.
ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)
ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from!
ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!
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