Two Weeks Until Alcohol Election

POSTED: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 10:13pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:48am

SMITH COUNTY-We're now down to only two weeks before early voting begins to determine whether alcohol will or will not be sold in Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 of Smith County.

Beginning April 27th the voting booth will open for early voting, followed by election day on May 9th.

If you live in Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 you'll be able to vote either for or against the sale of alcohol in your part of the county. Those who don't live in JP Precinct 4 won't be able to vote.

If passed, alcohol can be sold for off-premise use and at restaurants without a club membership.

Since knowing that alcohol could potentially be sold in this area, the line was drawn and two sides were formed: those for making JP Precinct 4 wet and those against it.

On Saturday morning those who are against it met at the Chapel Hill Volunteer Fire Department to discuss just how they plan on winning the election.

The "Keep Precinct 4 Dry Committee" says they don't believe that going wet will cut taxes and instead alcohol will be more accessible to the youth.

They say it will increase demand on law enforcement and degrade the community.

Tyler attorney Ken Good told us he will do whatever it takes to make sure that the "sin industry" stays out of Smith County.

"This county has been dry for almost 100 years and part of what makes Smith County so popular for business and people moving here is its uniqueness," Good said. "I think we need to celebrate our uniqueness and not listen to four or five people who want to make a lot of money and say things that aren't true."

Election Information:
Early Voting: April 27th- May 5th
Election Day: May 9th

For more information on the "Keep Precinct 4 Dry Committee" go to: www.KeepPrecinct4Dry.com

For more information on the "Smith County Citizens for Economic Growth" go to: www.SmithCountyWins.com

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Winona residents, vote "against" the proposition for the sale of alcohol in precinct 4 and "for" on the Winona proposition if you want to see any tax revenue. If the proposition passes for precinct 4 there will be no need to buy alcohol in Winona. Everyone will be buying it at stores elsewhere.

WE DONT LIVE IN A DRY COUNTY TO BEGIN WITH. YOU CAN BUY ALCOHOL AT ANY RESTAURANT OR BAR.

Don't be coy about this election.

Andy Osborn has said it himself. He wishes for the election to pass for the sole purpose of selling beer and wine at his gas station with intentions of increasing revenue. The same goes for Kyle's Quick Stop.

Mr. Osborn mentions for the betterment of the economics for the community. However, he fails to mention that there is another drawback. Do you think the local distributors are going to compromise their profit margins?
The answer is no, they will require more trucks, more drivers, and more salespeople. And guess what, they have to do all this without selling any extra product. Example: Sell 300 cases today to Big Sandy, then sell 150 cases to Big Sandy and 150 cases Precinct 4 if the election passes.

What does all this mean? Higher prices for the end customer. Not to mention that customers who wish to drink spirits still need to cross county lines.
The beer distributors will raise their prices. They have already admitted to this. State law also allows them to charge different prices, in different counties.

So don't be coy about the results of the election. Andy Osborn and the rest of the business owners paying "FOR" this are not in it for you, the customer, they are in it for their own personal gain.

Andy Osborn has said it himself. He wishes for the election to pass for the sole purpose of selling beer and wine at his gas station with intentions of increasing revenue. The same goes for Kyle's Quick Stop.

Mr. Osborn mentions for the betterment of the economics for the community. However, he fails to mention that there is another drawback. Do you think the local distributors are going to compromise their profit margins? The answer is no, they will require more trucks, more drivers, and more salespeople. And guess what, they have to do all this without selling any extra product. Example: Sell 300 cases today to Big Sandy, then sell 150 cases to Big Sandy and 150 cases Precinct 4 if the election passes.

What does all this mean? Higher prices for the end customer. Not to mention that customers who wish to drink spirits still need to cross county lines.

So don't be coy about the results of the election. Andy Osborn and the rest of the business owners paying "FOR" this are not in it for you, the customer, they are in it for their own personal gain.

Wake up! Citizens of Tyler Texas.Smith county is already wet get over it if you dont want to see it move and send a postcard.

For more infomation about the study's of wet vs. dry, please go to the site www.keepprecinct4dry.com

They have some # study's to aback up what they are saying and I have not seen any study's saying it is a good thing.

Be informed it gives you power.

Seriously... it would be a much better idea to buy alcohol at a store near home and take it home to drink rather then going to a bar to drink and then driving home. This is how DWI's occur more frequently in a dry county. It is NOT illegal to drink, why is there any debate? Wake up people! There should be NO question about selling alcohol locally.

It has been this way for around 100 years.
Why did you move here when it was dry?
Move if you do not like.

You have choice where to live and I choose here because it was dry. And safer for my kids.

Get informed before you vote, NOT drunk.

Vote for the kids not the greed!

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