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November 17, 2018

4/17/2018 10:41:00 AM
Liquor-license approvals troubling


As a long-time minister here in the Crawford/Lawrence County area I must write to report how troubling it is to many of us that more and more licenses and permits for beer and liquor are being granted so freely over our objections.

In both Time magazine and The Week magazine in last week's issues they reviewed the new book, "The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath" by Leslie Jamison (novelist and essayist). The reviewer writes, "The new book buzzes with urgency... small wonder for Jamison is writing to survive... she thrilled at the chance to follow in the footsteps of her forebears she thinks of as legendary writer-drunks." But heavy drinking doesn't inspire, it destroys, and so Jamison eventually committed to sobriety.

The Bible has it right: "Wine is a mocker strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). It also says "No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God." So what of those who allow or create the lure of intoxicants? The only way one can become a drunkard is to start drinking - so the best and safest course is to never start!

Philip L. Young


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