I laughed when I read the Question of the Week: “Would selling wine to grocery stores increase teenage drinking?” I find it interesting that the source (which was quoted) of this scary tactic is none other than the lobbyist for liquor stores.
Of course many people will jump on this bandwagon as drinking wine is still considered to be wrong, and I will agree if it is misused. However, teenagers and other under-aged people will be carefully monitored at grocery stores. It is impossible at my Kroger to check out with beer without first showing an ID. Checking out with wine would be no different.
Of course liquor stores will see less profit and that is always difficult for businesses and their employees. My guess is that in a very short time after giving up wine sales, other creative ways of increasing profit will be utilized. It’s the human way.
I am in favor of having wine in our grocery stores and hope that the antiquated law preventing this convenience will go.
And on a more positive note, our city officials and the citizenry of Johnson City should be congratulated on the state-of-the-art Community Center. What an asset for every one of us.
ANN C. HALL