Letter: Liquor sales revenue would be benefit to school children

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

Editor:

It saddens me that Pigeon Forge is again in the voting dilemma of approving liquor by the drink. PF already sells wine and beer, and our sister cities are enjoying the benefits of our lack of progress.

I raised two children in this county and both of them attended school in Gatlinburg because their schools offered many advantages (due to the tax revenue of LBTD) that PF did not. At that time many of our talented students left the PF community to attend the other schools.

The lottery was also a hotly debated and unwanted issue when it was first introduced. Many thought it would be our moral decline. I have never bought a lottery ticket, but I sure did enjoy the benefits of the Hope Scholarship when it came time to send my kids to college. Did the anti-lottery group decline the Hope Scholarship for its college-bound students? I don’t think so.

The same applies to LBTD sales. Don’t order a drink if you don’t want to, but don’t deprive the children in our schools of the hundreds of thousands of dollars available when our tourists enjoy their right to an alcoholic beverage with dinner.

Dee Kellar

Pigeon Forge