The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 6, 1950 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 6, 1950
Page 9
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*OTOAT, JCOYEMBER «, 1950 ^BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.V COURIER HEWS PAGE KW» So The People May Know A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPAL and FACT We, the undersigned residents and tax paying citizens of Mississippi County, believe sincerely that statements made in this ad are for the best interests of our neighbors in our respective home towns and communities. ' Let us say further that in making these statements we recognize everybody's right to speak and publish his honest convictions, whatever they may be. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, w« will be faced with an election in which the citirens of our county will decide whether or not alcoholic beverages are to be sold legally or so-called prohibition will be brought back among us. May we say here and now that most of us, the undersigned, grew to adulthood and lived in Mississippi County! during the io-caJled prohibition era and since repeal. We state emphatically that we, as business and professional men and tax paying citizens, believe that the so-called prohibition was, AND ALWAYS WILL BE, a failure. In short, we do not wish to sec the return of bootleggers and the invasion of gamblers and gangsters from other counties around us. ' i We recognize that misuse of alcohol in any form is not to be desired, but at the same time we know that the sale of such beverages in public, controlled stores where it is under national, state, county and city regulations is far better for our communities than sale of such beverages by bootleggers who recognize NO regulations.... .. , . . . ,.' .,, _ r> x ,,. It would be just as logical to advocate and support laws prohibiting over-eating, which is a form of intemperance. The point Is, that while misuse of food and beverage is deplored by all right-thinking citizens, the solution of intemperance does not lie in prohibition in any form, but in regulatory measures, combined with the influence of education. W« believe that the seed of temperance must be sown in the mind and heart if it is to bear fruit. It is in the field of education and proper guidance that we should labor to gain lasting results.' We believe that private enterprise should not be made a political football. We believe that if bad conditions exist in Mississippi County's alcoholic beverage industry, then you as citizens and taxpayers should exert every effort to see that every dealer abides by the existing rules and regulations. Through the state's regulations governing revocation of licenses, citizens have potent weapons if they choose to use them. Under bootlegging conditions, no license can be revoked. The bootlegger has no licenses, pays a fine when caught and begins operating the minute he steps from a court room. W« do not believe that dealers in alcoholic beverages should be forced out of business any more than we believe that drug- gittt, ginnen, grocers or farmers should be forced out. ^ We believe that the energy expanded in a controversy over the LEGAL and ILLEGAL sale of alcoholic beverages should be used to regulate that business because once control is removed from the legal side of the ledger, the bootlegger takes over. AS WE SEE IT THERE IS ONLY ONE QUESTION—HOW SHALL BEER AND LIQUOR BE SOLD?— LEGALLY BY TAXPAYING,'LAW-ABIDING BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN, OR ILLEGALLY BY THE TAX DODGING GANGSTER BOOTLEGGER? We believe that LEGAL CONTROL is thci only answer to this question. We do NOT want to see our county become a happy hunting, ground for bootleggers. We believe in LEGAL CONTROL and if you agree with our views, go to the polls Tuesday, November 7, and vote accordingly. Vote AGAINST Act No. 2 On Nov. 7 Rodney Banister Robert Porter Jas. Hill, Jr. Ed Jones P. C: Roth rock H, C. Knappenberger Bernard Gooch Sam Owens, Floyd White For Free Transportation to the Polls call 4437, 4685 and 2614 MISSISSIPPI COUNTY UNITED Dick White "Doc" Poetz Sanford She I ton W. C. Higginson Louis Cherry A! Leech Russell Phillips Ed Regenold Frank Nelson R. D. Hughes O. W. McCutchen Riley Jones H. W. Haines Oscar Fendler James Roy B. A. Lynch Fred Callihan Clay Ayres J. C. Buchanan Mayor Ben F. Butler Bruce Colbert Dr. George Cone Joe Cromer Dane Fergus Louis George Lloyd God ley Herbert Hobbs Sam Hodges Bruce Ivy Dr. L. D. Massey Ray Morgan, Jr D.'N. 'Pee Wee'Morris Harold Ohlendorf W. W. Prewitt Guy Robbins Arthur Rogers Dr. W. D. Sheddan Jack Uzzelle Faber White Godfrey White L. C. B. Young Tal Tongate Dr. M. S. Nichol TH.S POLITICAL AD PAID FOR BY MISSISSIPPI COUNTY CITIZENS COMMITTEE ARKANSAS AGAINST PROHIBITION LARRY KNEAS, SBCRBTARY

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