Letter for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

• County should not provide alcohol to golfers

When I first heard of this proposal to sell alcoholic drinks on a mobile cart so golfers could drink and bring in revenue to the county, I was very surprised. It seems that all government sponsored events on the island indicate they are family oriented and alcohol free. This bill stands out as a deviation of county policy. To seek revenues from these sales is akin to targeting certain communities for traffic tickets: cynical and likely to create accountability issues. The argument that some golfers bring their own in coolers does not impose similar liability on the county.

How can the county avoid liability for what will likely be an increase in traffic crashes at that very dangerous entrance onto the highway? It is bad enough when sober! Cars dashing over 40 mph, two lanes north, a turn lane and two lanes south. Making a left turn is very difficult at best.

I enjoy my glass of wine but there seems to be an increasing emphasis on alcoholic drinks everywhere which should concern everyone. Police Chief Perry’s column states the case to reduce alcohol consumption because it causes violence, health, social, and injury-death risks not just at the golf course but everywhere. Too many ads feature colorful, exotic mixed drinks implying you cannot have fun without one.

The county should be making access to alcohol harder, not easier. Please, mayor, veto this bill.

Judith Fernandez



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