September 18th , 2012 9:02 am 12 Comments

Reader speaks out against liquor stores in city


To the editor:

Thank you for the headline in the STAR – I believe it was was Friday, Aug. 31 – about the liquor stores. The PTB calls them package stores. Wrong name, but it does sound better and softer, doesn’t it?

They also waited as long as they could to get in the news. I called and was told I would get my absentee ballot Oct. 1. That’s OK. It won’t take me long to mark a big fat NO!

God says, “Woe unto the man that puts the bottle to his neighbor’s lips.”

There are many more warnings. Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach, but he did not say, “Get drunk.” Yes, Jesus turned water to wine, and it was good, but it wasn’t fermented or made you drunk.

Wake up, America. If we don’t turn, we are apt to burn. Remember Ninevah.

II Chronicles 14:2 says, “If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

-Thelma Cutshall, Elizabethton


12 Responses to Reader speaks out against liquor stores in city

  1. givemeshelter says:

    Thelma, most of us live in the year 2012 and want a package store here. You are free to vote no..and that is your right, but don’t think that just because you have a problem with a package store in town means that others should too. It is way past time that this passes. The public is purchasing wine and such in Johnson City..taking those dollars spent out of our tax base. I don’t drink, but I use wine for cooking…and it is sure time that I make my purchases in the city I live in.

  2. How do you know the wine did not cause intoxication? Where you there? That’s what I thought. Bottom line is people are going to frequent package stores, you don’t have to coerce them. So why not keep some of that revenue spent on liquor here in Carter County? As it is now Carter County residents spend all that money in JC, if they are going to buy it anyway, why not buy it here? Package stores in Elizabethton = more jobs for the unemployed and an increase in revenue for OUR county.

  3. Anya says:

    I feel it is culturally offensive whenever someone alleges Jesus turned water into mere juice instead of wine. His people (Jews) celebrated with wine and they looked upon old wine (fermented) as finer and more appropriate for celebration than new wine (juice). Jesus seemed to understand the inappropriateness of new wine being offered at a wedding, too. I don’t care if someone is opposed to drinking in general or even phobic of intoxication, that is their right. But it is self-serving to twist cultural tradition or Biblical events in order to prohibit everyone else from enjoying what you choose not to.

  4. Robert Szabo says:

    Wine is wine and not grape juice ,why would it not be fermented , ? why then others got drunk in the taverns according to history,but Jesus only drank wine that was not fermented?No pun intended but tell me ,did he have special ordered grape juice ? I believe God created everything on this planet to enjoy ,some people do change good things and turn it to bad,but God created bad so we enjoy all the good.It is each mans choice to decide if they want a glass of wine or not.

  5. It is not the wine alone, or liquor, or beer, that causes drunkenness. It is greed, the same problem that has caused so much trouble recently. Greed and people wanting to make their religious beliefs the law of the land are destroying us. If you don’t believe in drinking then don’t drink.

  6. K.C. says:

    God gave Adam & Eve the rule to NOT eat of the tree of Knowledge of good and evil…Just because He made it doean’t mean one should partake of it. He also gave them free will. It is up to us to obey His rules. All we can do for drunkards is pray they feel the prick of conviction an turn from their evil ways

  7. Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

    1 Timothy 5:23

  8. Why doesn’t the City of Elizabethton set up a non-profit, city-owned package store and retain all of the profits and sales taxes from distilled spirits sold within the city?

  9. A.S. says:

    Not all who shop at liquor stores do so to get drunk. People here seem to forget that.

  10. I agree with the majority of the comments on this topic…I think it’s time to keep our tax dollars here in carter county instead of washington county…Just about everyone in carter county goes to johnson city to shop anyway..It will also create some much needed jobs here in elizabethton. I will vote a big fat YES. I think it’s hypocritical that i can go to applebees and have a mixed drink but can’t buy a bottle in town.

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