Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 4, 1974 · Page 16
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Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas · Page 16

Hope, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Monday, November 4, 1974
Page 16
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Monday. November 4. i< To T/te Gofers of Hempstead County During the next few days you will be subjected to a great deal of discussion related to the matter of Prohibiton or Legal Sales of alcoholic beverages in our county. Please be assured that the people supporting the Legal Sale of alcoholic beverages in our county are not against anyone, nor against anything except the flagrant hypocrisy surrounding the situation as it now exists. We do not need to tell you this. You live here, you see it every day, and you know the situation as well as we do. It is not our purpose to embarrass or offend anyone, but we do feel it is necessary to ask you to ask yourself the answers to some very pertinent questions. For instance: Who are we kidding about Prohibition in Hempstead County? State law permits anyone to have five fifths of whiskey and 24 cans of beer in his possession in this county. You are served alcoholic beverages in the homes of your friends. At the Private Club alcoholic beverages as well as mixed drinks are served to a select few. Alcoholic beverages are served in volume at parties and outings. There will be no bars, no open saloons, no on-premises consumption. With this kind of situation, in what kind of untenable position have we placed our enforcement Are we asking them to enforce the law on others, and not on us? How long must a working man be denied a beer because he is not a member of the country club? Is our attitude toward alcoholic beverages one of the factors keeping our part of Arkansas from progressing? We're still 49th in some things and pretty soon we may not be able to "Thank God for Mississippi." Along with Texas and Louisiana and Tennessee, Mississippi is re-legalizing alcoholic beverage territory consistently. TODAY, 93.7 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES LIVE IN TERRITORY WHERE LEGAL SALES ARE PERMITTED. Just who is out of step with the country? Are all of those people wrong? Or are we just trying to kid ourselves and offend the intelligence of our young people? And why is it that the bulk of industry and jobs in Arkansas are located in the "wet" territories? We are going to ask you to make some honest evaluations, brushing emotionalism aside, and then make a decision which we hope will be in the long-range best interest of our county. Vote FOR Legal Sales on Nov. 5 Progressive Committee FOR Legal Control of Alcoholic Beverages Co-Chairmen: Jerry Winer and Will Rutherford This Ad Paid For By Citizens of Hempstead County.

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