Whitesburg Will Vote On Restaurant Only Alcohol Sales

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

It's an issue across eastern Kentucky and opinions are not hard to come by.

Tuesday one community will decide whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol.

Twenty other cities throughout Kentucky have decided to allow restaurants to serve alcohol.

Residents of Whitesburg will head to the polls Tuesday to decide if they will allow restaurants there to serve liquor by the drink.

“I'm voting wet! It'll be good for jobs,” Vickie Collins said.

Even some who don't even drink think their community needs to vote yes to bring money into the area.

“I don't drink. I think it's ridiculous the people of Letcher County have to go elsewhere to by alcohol. That tax money could be coming right into our own county,” David Shepherd said.

Pastor Tony Brown at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg says he's of course morally opposed to drinking alcohol, but he alcohol won't be a simple solution.

“I think our economic problems go far deeper than alcohol. I don't think alcohol is the answer,” Pastor Brown said.

Brown says alcohol will only bring problems. He says he's seen firsthand how alcohol can take over people's lives.

“I've visited the jails and spoken with drunk drivers who've killed people,” Pastor Brown said.

Brown and others who've spoken out against allowing alcohol in worry about people drinking and then taking to the road.

“They're going to run out of the county to buy their alcohol and they usually drink it on their way home so that's just more drunk driving,” Charles Goad said.

Whitesburg's Mayor supports allowing alcohol to be served and he urges everyone, no matter what they think, to come out and vote on Tuesday.

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  • by Jay Location: Whitesburg on Apr 17, 2007 at 06:12 AM
    I have a child that is approaching the legal age for alcohol. I know I cannot control his actions but if it means he will drive 5 miles to get home after a few drinks and 40 miles I am all for the vote to pass. Let's bring the revenue that supports Wise Co Virginia and the surrounding counties of Letcher to our home county. Vote yes!!!
  • by James Location: London on Apr 17, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    Alcohol sales will increase the tax revenues within small cities, when otherwise the dollars would continue to go elsewhere, just ask officials at Burnside, Corbin and London. Alcohol sales isn't the ONLY answer to the economic problems in small rural eastern Kentcuky towns, but it does demonstrate progressive leadership and a willingness to move forward when you are open minded to attempt new initiatives that WILL bring/keep more dollars into the small cities/rural counties that can be used to enhance economic development and basic infrastructures that can lead to tourism based jobs with new hotels, restaurants, and other entertainment facilities.
  • by Ryan Location: Jeremiah, KY on Apr 17, 2007 at 04:52 AM
    At the end of the day today, I predict the citizens of Whitesburg will take the most progressive step forward that our city has taken in at least 40 years. Over the course of the last several months their have been little opposition by people who can actually vote in this historic election. I've tried to find people that can vote who are going to vote no and other than those in the closed minded conservative religious community, I can't find anyone who has told me they are opposed to this measure. Myself, I do not drink but I would like to see Whitesburg move into the modern era and shortly after 6 P.M. today when the votes are counted we will have done just that.
  • by Tina Location: Letcher Co. on Apr 17, 2007 at 02:59 AM
    God be with our little county...
  • by Susan Location: BC Canada on Apr 16, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    I hope the restaurants know the legalities of selling a patron too much liquor if they happen to get into an accident after leaving their establishment. Vote NO to alcohol, it only causes deaths. There are other ways to bring money into a community.
  • by Amanda Location: whitesburg on Apr 16, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    I think letcher county should bring in something besides alcohol to help the county grow its not only alcohol people go out of the county to get its everything you cant even go to a movie theater around here so why not bring something in that not only adults are going to enjoy but kids to


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