I’ve been reading about the vote on alcohol sales in Williamsburg. Everyone seems to focus on the money that it might bring in. I happen to think that people are more important than money.
We all know someone whose life has been affected, and not in a good way, by alcohol. I’ll try to list a few of the ways, you can probably think of more:
1. Death - Because of a DUI or some sort of disease;
2. Grief - over a lost or injured loved one or, on the part of a drunken driver, over what they’ve done;
3. Addiction, embarrassment, loss of income, job or respect;
4. Spouse abuse and family abuse;
5. Inability to support family and pay debts because pay is spent for alcohol;
6. Missed work and poor performance on the job, if they can keep one.
I know not everyone who drinks will become an alcoholic but it’s like playing Russian Roulette. You never know what will happen after the first drink. If you knew that your vote would cause any one of the things I’ve listed to happen, even to a stranger, much less to someone you know, would you vote “yes?” You don’t want to be responsible for any of these things happening do you?
Think about it and vote “no” please. Thank you.
Eva Reynolds, Williamsburg