The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 23, 2013

Don't sell the liquor business

Daily Item

---- — One-half of all fatal road crashes involve a drunk driver. Do we need more drunk drivers and more deaths to increase business for undertakers, but that cost drivers and insurance companies more? No.

Alcohol is a deadly poison that destroys the brains, hearts, kidneys, livers and other vital organs of alcoholics. Do we need more alcoholics dying pre-mature deaths as a result of a wider availability of beer, wine and liquor in private stores? No.

Are the unionized workers in the state-owned liquor business making too much money? No. Are beer distributors getting too rich? No.

Will the profits from the state-owned liquor business benefit Pennsylvania taxpayers more if those profits are turned over to private enterprise, especially the large corporations that are lobbying for the sale of the state-owned liquor system? No.

Should Pennsylvania sell its state-owned liquor business? No.

David L. Faust, Selinsgrove