Privatization's societal costs
TO THE EDITORS:
As we unfortunately get a little bit closer to a mistake similar to the great Coke fiasco when they changed their taste, the commonwealth is trying to privatize liquor stores.
The Coke fiasco was fixable. This will not be. If the plan goes through, taxpayers will have to make up hundreds of millions of dollars that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board generates each year to the general fund. The sale will be a one-time influx of cash.
If the state privatizes liquor, there will be more places to buy liquor. That will make it easier to purchase and consume alcohol. With more places to buy liquor, it will put a strain on local and state police. It will increase DUI arrests, and will increase deaths by intoxicated drivers.
I urge all taxpayers to contact their state senator and urge them to oppose privatization.