I am greatly disappointed and saddened by the passing of the wet/dry vote in Williamsburg. The vast majority of the registered voters in the city limits of Williamsburg are church-going Christians, yet this vote still passed. I am saddened by the moral decline that I feel this represents in our area. We are seeing a shift in what seems acceptable as compared to just a few years ago. As this shift continues, I wonder what will be next for our community.
I want to sincerely thank those who worked so hard to try to stop this wet vote. Pat Marple, Terrell Medley and Paul Steely come to mind. I am sure there were many others who also worked hard. They should all be congratulated, even though their efforts failed. It wasn’t them that failed. It was the general moral decline of our community that brought this about.
People have been led to believe that this is a step forward. They have been told that a “yes” vote would be progress and a “no” vote would be a robbery of our rights and freedom.
It’s amazing to me how we can be convinced that what is wrong is actually right and what is right is wrong. Our window of acceptance is being pushed farther and farther to the left.
Will Williamsburg get more tax dollars because of this? I’m sure the answer is “yes.” But will the extra dollars be worth what might come with this vote? Again, time will tell. As with our surrounding cities and towns, this will not be the end. This vote is just the first in a series that will come. Package store alcohol sales will be next, along with the lowering of the amount of alcohol sales vs. food sales for the restaurants. This will allow them to become more like a bar and less like a restaurant. What will be next after that? Time will tell.
The “yes” vote carried by 14 votes, but only 35 percent of the registered voters bothered to get out and vote. So the “yes” vote was definitely not a majority of the Williamsburg residents. I believe that a lot of Christians have become complacent and not bothered to get out and let their voice be heard. Proverbs 23:20-21 says “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:31-32 says, “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”
Complacency has allowed what the Bible deems unacceptable to become acceptable in our community. Our town’s slogan says “Feels Like Home.” I like that slogan, but this new change is not going to be like the “home” I know.
My husband and I love this community. We love the people of this community and don’t wish to condemn any who voted for this measure to pass. 1 honestly believe that many good people voted “yes” believing it was the best thing to do to help our community. I hope my fears are wrong, but I believe this has not been for the best.
Teri C. Mountjoy