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Put beer tax money where it will do the most good

Sep 20, 2013 - Nancy Eckstein, Riverton

Put beer tax

money where

it will do the

most good

I am saddened that no one has listened to what I had to say last year on the issue of raising the beer tax.

The big, strong liquor association who will do anything to keep the beer tax from being raised because they don't want to lose the money. They don't really appear to care about people, just the bottom line, in my personal opinion.

Beer has been a rite of passage for teens that when they finish high school to have a kegger and get drunk and also to toss a few down and get drunk after a hard day at work.

This is where the real trouble begins, that in America getting so drunk you get sick is OK, and that it is OK to go out and drive as well.

The money should not just be used for detox center because that is not where the trouble begins. It starts first with it being acceptable to get so drunk you cannot stand but it's all right to drive home.

Beer is also has been quoted as the "poor man's drink." Beer is a luxury, not a right. It is not necessary to live. It steals food from our families when someone goes out for the night to get drunk on beer.

I have a degree in addictions and also worked for a detox center and Eastern Shoshone Recovery as well as other places over the last 10 years. No one has listened to what I had to say because it is more to their benefit (financial) to ignore the issue.

The first line of defense in dealing with drunks is our law enforcement. Next is the families that suffer. Men, women, teens and children are forced to go to safe houses. Then the counseling centers and our courts are next in line getting involved with the addiction.

Finally the detox and treatment center are the last resort to help those who have become addicted to alcohol.

That is where the tax monies need to go to: law enforcement, stop drinking and driving, safe houses, counseling centers and then the treatment centers are last.

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