By Virginia E. Atkinson
October 24, 2006
"If" it should pass, Metlakatla may open a liquor store on the island, depending on the decisions of the tribal council. Metlakatla has been "dry" for decades. Some members say opening up a liquor store would hopefully put bootleggers out of business, but I have doubts about that, it would seem to me that bootleggers would only declare a 'price wars' on selling liquor, with easier access to more alcohol, just more competition for them. With a liquor store there will be rules and regulations to follow, with bootleggers it's like a "free-for-all," come one come all, whenever. With bootleggers there is absolutely no control at all. And some citizens are concerned now that the Waldon Point Road Project is near completion, that there would be more vehicle accidents if/when a liquor store opens.
Whether or not the legalization
passes, alcohol will always be around. Prohibition never did
work, and never will. That's why laws are put into place to
control liquor violations.
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