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Privatize liquor
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Once again we see the trouble caused by the state government being in the liquor business. Such control of businesses just invites these kinds of problems detailed in "Liquor audit: A.G. should probe possible crimes" (Our View, Sept. 13).

When (if ever) will our legislators wake up and realize that many folks enjoy a cocktail now and then? Let's get the state out of the business and turn it over to market-driven small business owners.

I've been to many places that have local bars, saloons, clubs or whatever you choose to call 'em in communities. They are places for good folks to gather and enjoy company (they're not the often-portrayed dirty corner bar fit only for bums and drunks). Many of these places support and aid community projects.

Let the state continue taxing liquor, but allow private business to set their own goals and prices. This approach will end a state-managed monopoly that is obviously mismanaged and ineffective. And changing the law will have no effect on those who choose not to consume alcohol.

We've heard all this many times, so let's move forward and relieve the state of the burden of micromanaging business.

Bob Edwards


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