Alcohol sales will impact city’s profile
I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the City Council who have taken a firm stand against legalizing the sale of alcohol in Hartselle. They are to be commended for a decision that is consistent with the position of the many Hartselle residents who voted against the issue in our last two elections.
I am aware that the residents of Hartselle can drive a very short distance to purchase alcohol, but let’s face it: legalizing the sale of alcohol in Hartselle promotes both the use and abuse by making it far more acceptable and readily available to everyone.
The existence of alcohol retail stores in Hartselle, and later on, such potential trickle down effects as public bars and the activities associated with them would not only change the profile of our city but its image, it could set a questionable standard with possible life-changing consequences. The question: are these the conditions and long term consequences we want for Hartselle? The future of the city is now in our hands, and it is our responsibility to shape it in ways that promote the common good and a healthful quality of life for everyone.
Agreed, there is a pressing need for more tax revenues to support our town and facilitate its growth. Certain city officials and others have expressed the view that certain businesses, particularly restaurants, end to avoid locating in Hartselle because of the wet/dry issue. Contrary to that view, however, are the excellent restaurants that are located in Hartselle and experiencing success, even in these difficult economic times. They are an important asset to our city.
Aside from the wet/dry issue, one of the most important challenges facing our town’s leaders remains the promotion of new industries as well as new retail businesses such as quality clothing stores for men and women, sports stores, fabric stores, and so forth. Progress begins with a vision of possibilities. The future of our city is limited only by our imposed limitations.
This is a decisive time in the history of Hartselle. Through our choices, and commitments, we can enrich the quality of life in Hartselle and ensure the city’s continued growth. We can now seize the moment and promote Hartselle as not only a city of Southern Hospitality but also a place of progress and opportunity for all.
Rachel H. Slate, Hartselle