Another city, another decision on alcohol sales
PRINCETON, Ky. — As election workers set up the ballot boxes in Princeton, Kentucky, the fight over booze is pouring out onto people's front yards and even on the front window of Jason Ramey's office.
"We've been putting out quite a few signs. We've been doing ads in the paper. Tomorrow we'll tell," he said.
Ramey works with the anti-alcohol group "Champions for a Safe Community" and he's also mailing out copies of a letter. On it are the signatures of local high school students who are urging a no vote. Ramey said it sends the message that alcohol affects everyone.
"As children in our community who are involved in this issue, we strongly believe this will be negative for our society," he said.
"How can you ask somebody to sign something that they're not old enough to drink," asks CJ Bennett. "It'd be like going to the kindergarten class and saying, 'Hey you know how you guys think about it? Let's sign a paper saying it,'" Bennett said.
Bennett works part-time at a local florist and is a firefighter. He wants to bring in alcohol because he said it would give downtown a facelift and cut down on the number of accidents he's seen from people traveling back into town after a night out somewhere else.
"We've had probably in the last month, we've had four, four related that people are drinking and driving and crashed," Bennett said.
But Ramey said allowing alcohol would increase accidents. "That is a cost to our community that I don't want to see here in Princeton, Kentucky," Ramey said.
Both sides agree they want to clean up the city's image but they have different ideas on how to do it.
This is the fifth wet, dry vote since 1993. During the previous four other votes, only one, which was for a proposed winery, passed. County Clerk Toni Watson said this will most likely be the closest election to date.