Breaking News Bar
posted: 7/31/2014 12:01 AM

Why not ban alcohol, tobacco, too?

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

Why not ban alcohol, tobacco, too?

The St. Charles City Council has refused to allow consideration for video poker approval for charitable causes because of the objections of two disgruntled aldermen who oppose even discussing it.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Alderman Rita Anne Payleitner stated, "I am strongly opposed to local government benefiting financially, which we would, on what is always a sucker's game."

If she really means that, then why not demonstrate the courage of her convictions by introducing ordinances to prohibit the sale of all forms of liquor and tobacco in St. Charles? The negatives of video poker pale in comparison to the devastating health consequences and societal costs these two vices bring to a community. I guess some vices are acceptable to her based on the degree to which they financially benefit local government. This is blatant hypocrisy.

Alderman Jim Martin based his opposition on the patronizing statement, "Those who lose money are the people who can least afford it." If that logic is correct then would it not follow that all people who buy liquor in St. Charles are alcoholics and government is facilitating their addictions by allowing its sale?

In my opinion, these aldermen are simply voting their personal prejudices rather than acting in a responsible way by encouraging open public discussion.

This request for approval was on behalf of such groups as Moose, VFW and American Legion. These organizations donate generously to many deserving causes while at the same time struggling for economic survival.

It is my opinion that Martin and Payleitner have shown a pompous arrogance and disregard for these groups. I do not understand why other council members led by the mayor have not stood up against their dictatorial actions and demand that this request receive proper respect and consideration.

Steve Thompson Sr.

South Elgin

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here