Letter to the editor: Public needs truth about liquor-by-the-drink issue

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 08:45 PM

Editor:

I’m so fed up with this fiasco of drink by the glass. The leaders of the town tried to do everything they could to stop it. And they’re still trying.

Last week one of the town officials came to my door pleading the cause of voting down the drinking issue. Now I understand, or thought I did, that drink by the glass meant a cocktail before dinner. This town official tells me if it’s voted in, a bar is going to be built behind the Red Roof Mall. It would be open until 3 a.m. Either way, I drink Coke and I’m not out at 3 a.m.

Why wasn’t this information put out to the public? Can’t the town stop someone from building a structure for a bar?

I’m not saying how I voted. It’s no one’s business but my own. Will I go to vote solely for this issue? What makes them think it’s going to bring in a “celebration of defeat” if it’s voted down. My decision hasn’t been made yet.

Before the doors open and the voting machines are slapping me in the face, for once let’s have the truth.

Is it a cocktail prior to dinner (drink by the glass) or is it bars opened all over town until 3 a.m.? They should add this to their laws as in Massachusetts.

If someone leaves an establishment or a home and gets in an accident because of alcohol consumption and there are injuries or worse, the bar can be sued as can the host in a private home.

Town commissioners should be getting the information out so we’ll know what we’re voting on and not go door to door offering rides to the polls and handing out business cards.

This letter is not to knock anyone. Let’s just grow up, Pigeon Forge. If you lose this time, sit down, cry and then put it behind you. If you’re on the side to drink so schools can get more money, cheers!

Beverly A. Dean

Pigeon Forge