Letters to the Editor: Selling alcohol would be bad influence

I’d like to commend Curry County commissioners who voted against the events center applying for a license to sell alcohol, the dollar being the bottom line.

If the financial support of the center depended on alcohol ad sponsorship and sales by the sponsors to survive, this issue should have been addressed long before now in a meeting publicized well in advance so that many could voice their opinion.

Alcohol sponsorship may prevent a raise in taxes to support the center, but in the final outcome the taxpayer picks up the tab for all the woes created by alcohol abuse.

Either way, we pay.

Dick Smith stated that the tens of thousands of dollars contributed by alcohol sponsors wouldn’t necessarily result in a great amount of alcohol sold at the events.

The sponsors then evidently do this at a loss?

Not likely.

The whole point of the oppositions’ complaint seemed to be missed by your reporter and by Commissioner Robert Sandoval.

Children would obviously attend tractor pulls and rodeos with their parents. They would be inundated with alcohol ads and drinkers reinforcing the message that alcohol is an essential element to this “macho” life.

Whether or not youth would acquire alcohol at the center (although they probably could since it can only be loosely controlled at events like this) or that it promoted underage drinking wasn’t so much the point but that it promoted a drinking lifestyle in general, sending this message to our children: “You have to have alcohol to make it fun.”

Gloria Wicker called it an “enhanced quality of life” in her plea to support the alcohol sales. Three cheers for Commissioners Albin Smith, Frank Blackburn and Tim Ashley for doing what was right for Curry County!

Linda Teakell

Emergency workers deserve hazard pay
Regarding firefighters’ recent request for pay raises:

Police and firefighters never know if they are going to come back alive from almost every assignment they receive. They never know if they will see their loved ones again.

Do the rest of the city employees have to face these facts every day they go to work? I think not.

Here’s an idea: Don’t raise the firefighter and police officer pay, but give them all some kind of hazard pay on top of their salary — enough that we can keep these brave people and not have to spend so much money by constantly training new firefighters and police officers.

Any business owner knows it is less expensive to pay a good dependable, well-trained employee a good salary than to pay a low salary and keep having to hire and train new people.

Lucille Bradburn