Why sell off lottery, liquor?
TO THE EDITORS:
What can we expect next? The governor wants to sell lottery management to a foreign nation. What is wrong with the lottery as it now stands?
Now he is ready to sell the state store system. Apparently he doesn't realize that our system, as part of the Liquor Control Board, has a purpose. The key is in the middle word, "control."
Our current system contributes millions of dollars to the Pennsylvania State Police for the control of liquor consumption. If the governor gets his way, we can expect Pennsylvania to rival all our neighboring states in liquor- related youthful traffic fatalities.
We can expect Pennsylvania to rival our neighboring states in the number of liquor store robberies.
I remember when New York sent 12 to 14-year-old kids to see if they could buy liquor. The study showed that nearly every young person was successful.
The governor says he wants to put the money into education. I'm sure we are all aware of the governor's war on education. It has resulted in higher school taxes.
Liberalizing liquor sales will not help. Why destroy a system that is pumping millions of dollars into the state every year for a one-time deal that will not produce in the future?