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Dry counties, why?

Dilbeck

Elite Veteran

Springdale Arkansas

Just thought i would bring up something to get an opinion, Why in gods green earth are their dry counties? For example, here in NW Arkansas we are all wet except for Benton county and all are wet north of there. What is the reasoning in this? You think these people wont drive 5 miles to get their liquor? The only thing that this county is missing is the lost income from the sales tax from liquor! The only way this dry county thing would work is if all counties were dry for 100 miles and even then people would drive to get liquor! I think its funny that the dry counties are wetter than the wet counties by far because the cant get it across the street.. Dry counties what are the good for??????

Clint

04-01-2008 Over year old.
helo_chris

Veteran

goodlettsville, tn

It goes back to the good ole days when people didnt travel that far very often. I have family members who have only been out of the county they were born in a few times in their life. Me, I traverse three counties to get to work every day. Most of them are outdated laws in counties where people dont really have a desire to change it. Why rock the boat when all you have to do is drive 15 mins to the next county.

BTW, the Jack Daniels Distillery here in TN is in a dry county.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

04-01-2008 Over year old.
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RobRoy

Key Veteran

Huntsville, Alabama

I agree with the why? part. I believe it all boils down to people forcing thier beliefs on others. Makes you really wonder how we can call ourselves land of the free.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
ckoelliker

Elite Veteran

St. Simons, GA

Is there a convenience store on every point of egress from the county. Even a tiny dirt road?

04-01-2008 Over year old.
maxpower097

Senior Heliman

none

Biblethumpers. Thats the only reason. They still control lots of towns in the bible belt.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
SLC

Senior Heliman

Johnson City, Tn

Carter County Tn was a dry county until about 2 or 3 years ago, they changed the law so that restaurants that served liquor would come in.
They were lossing alot of revenue just on that. Theres several restaurants like Applebee's that are there now. They still won't alow liquor stores.
As to why , it may be old laws but it's common belief in some churches that drinking is a sin, and there's alot of churches like this in the south.

How do you keep a Baptist from drinking all your beer when you go fishing? Invite two Baptists.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
spaceman spiff

Key Veteran

Tucson

[quote]Biblethumpers. Thats the only reason. quote]

Shame too. Jesus made wine, yet some say i can't have some?

04-01-2008 Over year old.
helo_chris

Veteran

goodlettsville, tn

I believe it all boils down to people forcing thier beliefs on others.
I dont see how you can say that because most counties could change it if they wanted to, all it takes is a vote of the people. There are several counties in this area who tried several times and couldnt get it changed because the people voted it down. Probably all of the counties that are dry are so because the people who live there want it that way.

As to the Biblethumpers comment, there are 18 states in the US that have dry counties. Only 5 are bible belt states.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_county

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

04-01-2008 Over year old.
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RobRoy

Key Veteran

Huntsville, Alabama

I did not say it wasn't the majority forcing thier beliefs, yet if one person is not for it, then some one or many are forcing their beliefs on him.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
greenmeanie

Senior Heliman

connecticut

Same reason you can't buy booze on Sundays in CT.
They think you're to dumb to buy all your booze on Saturday for Sunday LOL.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
helo_chris

Veteran

goodlettsville, tn

I did not say it wasn't the majority forcing thier beliefs, yet if one person is not for it, then some one or many are forcing their beliefs on him.
How idiotic is that statement? No one is forcing anyone to live in a sry county either, you have every right to move!

We dont live in some Utopian paradise where everyone gets what they want. We live in a Constitutional Republic where more often than not, majority rules.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

04-01-2008 Over year old.
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Dilbeck

Elite Veteran

Springdale Arkansas

Greenmeanie, That was funny and so correct it makes my side hurt with laughter!!

Clint

04-01-2008 Over year old.
RobRoy

Key Veteran

Huntsville, Alabama

We dont live in some Utopian paradise where everyone gets what they want. We live in a Constitutional Republic where more often than not, majority rules.
Now there is an idiotic statement. Very rarely does the majority rule, it is usually the inteligent and wealthy that rule.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
RonHill

Veteran

FLL, FL

RobRoy

We dont live in some Utopian paradise where everyone gets what they want. We live in a Constitutional Republic where more often than not, majority rules.
Now there is an idiotic statement. Very rarely does the majority rule, it is usually the inteligent and wealthy that rule.
His statement is 100% correct. You may not agree with the process, or have issues with it (and there are some issues), but that does not make his statement incorrect or idiotic in any way.

And it is not just the "Bible Belt" that has stupid laws about drinking. iirc I had to go to a bar or a package store to buy beer in PA.

As for why have dry counties? The population of those places allowed it. If they choose they may remove them as well.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
RobRoy

Key Veteran

Huntsville, Alabama

Ron, anyone that thinks that the majority rules, just need look at the turnout at the last election. In most cases, the majority don't even vote. Of those that do vote, they are swarmed by popaganda satuation by those that have money, leading them in many cases like programmed drones rather than with their own minds. I never said we lived in any kind of utopia, or that everyone gets what they want, just that "land of the free" is a little far fetched these days, and your statement "(and there are some issues)" seems to me to back up that his statement was not 100% correct. Then again we could all pack up and move to canada, but wait, there is a whole other set of problems.

Elections are won with the mighty $, and those that control it.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
derek533

Senior Heliman

Edmond, Oklahoma

I spent a month in Russellville in february. It really did make it less conveinient to have an adult beverage. I can see where it might be somewhat effective to curb under age drinking. Then again, maybe not. The people there didn't seem to mind too much.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
helo_chris

Veteran

goodlettsville, tn

Land of the free doesnt mean land of the uninhibited.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

04-01-2008 Over year old.
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RonHill

Veteran

FLL, FL

RobRoy

Ron, anyone that thinks that the majority rules, just need look at the turnout at the last election. In most cases, the majority don't even vote
People not bothering to vote is the problem, not the system.

As for the "last election" that was a Presidential election. And even in most Presidential elections the popular vote is in line with the EC. Local and State elections it is normally a flat out majority rule.
Elections are won with the mighty $, and those that control it.
Money did not help Romney.

I will admit that any process is bound to have issues. My comment was directed at you claiming Chris's comment was "idiotic."

He said, "that more often than not, the majority rules." And that is true. You seem to have an issue with how the majority *gets* its information...But they were the majority.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
RobRoy

Key Veteran

Huntsville, Alabama

I never said the system was the problem, I agree it's people not voting, or miss-informed people voting. That being said, it can not be true that the majority rules, maybe the majority that vote, but that's not one in the same.

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is for life.

04-01-2008 Over year old.
t0mills

Heliman

Gravette, Arkansas - United States

I live in Benton County... For me, it's only a 15min drive out of this county, and into Missouri, where I purchase all of my liquor AND gas. This county is really losing out.

-Tim

04-01-2008 Over year old.
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