The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

April 19, 2014

Another failed liquour plan

— Once again the forces of privatization of the states liquor stores have come up with a plan that is epic in its ability to be good for only those with the most money.

In this proposal present beer distributorship owners would have the right to purchase licenses to sell not just beer but liquor. At first blush this would seem fair except for one crucial fact: the average businessperson who has a license now doesn’t want this.

Don’t be fooled by the report that a group including beer distributors is behind this latest proposal, it’s a small percentage of this group and only those with very deep pockets. In fact, the vast majority of distributors know this proposal accomplishes only a couple of things. In no possible way can a small business compete against Wal-Mart, Costco, Weis, Sheetz or Wegmans.

In addition this latest proposal would devalue those licenses already owned. What the average beer seller needs is a level playing field. Some of that is proposed in this latest bill: selling unlimited growlers, more than 2 six packs or single six packs. These folks who are in business now don’t need our elected leaders making the cost of doing business harder for them and easier for big corporations. We don’t need them cutting jobs that pay livable wages with benefits for minimum wage pay checks.

In addition, you go into a PLCB store or a beer distributor owned by a local small businessperson and you’ll receive full assistance because they care. Try that at large grocery story and many times in my local market the cooler is empty and there is little or no product knowledge. The prices are also higher than at the shop in the plaza across the street owned by a couple who employs local people and have invested their life savings and life blood.

Maybe in Tom Corbett’s world what’s good for corporations is better than the real backbone of this country-working class people. I think we are better than that. I hope I’m right and they are not.

Harry Prentiss,

Sunbury

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