Markie O’Brien misses the point

April 18, 2005

My favorite Gannett columnist – Mark O’Brien – missed the point on the Santa Rosa County Wet/Dry issue.

Santa Rosa County is severely hampered by being a “dry” county…just look at the sales tax collections, or more accurately the lack of collections, in comparison to Escambia and Okaloosa Counties.

There is no evidence that being “Wet” leads to more DUI’s or crime. In fact, a few years ago Santa Rosa had more DUI arrests than Escambia.

Santa Rosa County deserves fine restaurants that can serve liquor. I’m sorry adding a Zaxby’s or Ruby Tuesdays doesn’t qualify — well maybe in East Milton.

Isn’t it time our daily newspaper start thinking progessively and looking out for something more than its own profits and future awards?

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