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When it comes to the city of Campbellsville and her adoring politics, one topic seems to raise the hairs of everyone in the city. I am of course talking about the sale of alcohol.
No matter what time of year or what side of the opinion you’re on, this always tends to be the hot topic of central Kentucky politics.
Campbellsville is currently in gridlock on the subject. In a nutshell, alcohol can be sold only in restaurants and during certain hours of the day.
I can tell you as both a resident and student in Campbellsville that the so-called “alcohol debate” tends to be a struggle of the right and the left — a political martini mixed with business opportunities and misconstrued mindsets.
The county shouldn’t be so uptight about this. Let’s loosen up our belts and have a drink.
Let’s face it, the American economy is in shambles and the small town economy is no exception.
Since the early 2000s and the shutdown of Fruit of the Loom, a good-paying job in Taylor County is hard to come by, unless you’re a teacher, doctor or a nurse.
The legalization of alcohol could bring in so much business for the city. This isn’t a question of morals, it’s basic economics.
When it comes to food, Campbellsville goes through restaurants faster than some children go through shoes.
Unless it’s Chinese, Mexican or some sort of fast food, you’re not going to find much on the menu here. As a student, I can tell you that the various restaurants in Campbellsville tend to get as boring as 20-cent ramen.
You have to drive at least 40 minutes out of your way to get a decent meal. What do those restaurants have that we don’t? Alcohol. And while I may not want a drink at these restaurants, I certainly don’t want to spend an hour in the car just to get a three-star bite to eat.
Of course when discussing Campbellsville’s most notorious vice, the question of safety always comes up. But legalizing alcohol could save lives rather than take them.
Whether you’re a college partier or one drink away from giving away your AA sobriety token, the drive to the county line is full of twists, turns and dangerous roads. If alcohol were sold in Taylor County that age old “beer run” would be a lot safer, instead of making that dangerous drive to Marion County.
Along with safety comes the topic of youth. Of course students, despite what the university or high school tell you, are going to party. Let’s not act like they are perfect snowflakes that don’t. Besides, it should not be the school’s place to teach kids about the vices of life. Underage drinking comes down to one thing: good parenting.
Fellow Campbellsvillians, let’s put our differences aside, quit denying that we know each other in Big John’s and realize something. The world is changing and we need to keep up or fall behind.
If we want to keep our city and university alive, we have to bring in some culture to our little dot on the map.
After all, when times are tough, you have to look for good money making opportunities, look past differences of opinion and carry on with business.
I’m not looking to rattle cages or taint the brew, I just want better meal options on Thursday nights.
• Austin Yates is a student at Campbellsville University.