Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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March 27, 2010

Grow up and allow liquor by the drink

Pauls Valley — All too often, small towns across America use paranoia as a reason to keep responsible adults from enjoying life reasonably. Whether it is using a legitimate concern or pushing one’s personal belief’s on the rest, justification of allowing the government to control parts of one’s life is always a tantrum away. Prohibitions on items that may not be 100% good for us is nothing new and some use it as a way to dampen down anything that has any chance of causing harm to even one person. One of those sinful objects that still riles up a few extremists is alcohol and while it is not totally banned from purchase in Garvin County, the limitations are such that a significant chunk of revenue is still being put out of reach. For we all know that booze by the drink is so darn evil and those guys who get drunk at home will never get behind the wheel and pose a danger on roadways. It’s always amusing when a community tries to make a compromise when it comes to booze laws as if there’s some fix it all way to claim more taxes while still appearing that you’re aren’t gripped by the tipsy demon. The fear campaigns operate on the principal that if you do everything possible to remove the temptation, then all will stay hunky dory in the self protected bubble. The real kicker about addiction though is that those with no self control will find a way to get what they want and it only shifts the circumstances slightly in the problems that arise. This theory of isolating your residents from something bad only works so well when you can in less than an hour get a hard drink with your meal anyway. However, if we allow the sinister forces of intoxication to be available in restaurants and all the stores, they’ll invade innocent places and force them to guzzle Jack Daniels and Jose Quervo! I know that I’m not the only crazy city boy out there that wouldn’t mind saving the gas money to stay within the county to eat at a slightly more upscale eatery. Heck I really don’t care about getting wine or liquor with all my eat out meals, but we’re certainly not doing much to encourage respectable businesses like Olive Garden or Chili’s to set up shop nearby. I know it’s a shocking development, but yes you can have a family friendly place to gather with love ones that actually serves something other than low point beer. That’s another thing, why allow us to even drink fermented wheat beverages if you are going to make us suffer with some of the worst tasting stuff as our only option? Some of us still cherish our taste buds and FYI, some people will simply drink more to get to that buzz despite your limitation. Another insane idea is that maybe communities should invest more in helping those with addiction instead of trying to keep everything remotely habit forming as far away as possible. These same ideas that limit places like Pauls Valley from growing further are also being used on a national level to consider taxing people for enjoying sugar and fat in their foods. Rules are available to make sure things are as safe as possible, but one of these days we’re going to have to quit trying to parent the rest of society. I no more have the right to tell people they can’t bring back the terrible fashion of the 1980s than you do to tell me I can’t have a margarita with my enchilada’s at a place right off the interstate. Let’s all grow up and take the decision making out of the school yard.

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