Tyler officially goes wet

by admin on December 29, 2012

in Tyler Businesses

So it’s official; Tyler is wet. Does it seem weird to go into gas stations and grocery stores and see Beer and Wine on the shelves? Do you even care?

It’s a topic which has managed to find its way into the news and onto the ballots several times and I have a feeling it’s not going to be gone entirely any time soon. Tyler will probably stay wet for a while but there will be people raising their voices in disgust for liquor sales.
Smith County is conservative, which is great, but sometimes too much so. We’ve heard the arguments over and over. One side says if alcohol is available on the shelves then it would increase drunk driving while the other side of the argument says drunk driving is more likely because it forces people to drive further to get it, which is more valid in my opinion.

I’ve heard of towns doing it the opposite way of what Tyler has done for years. Instead of not selling alcohol in stores but having bars, some cities and towns did it vice versa, which makes more sense to me. This way, the bars aren’t closing and sending out the drunk customers to on the road. It’s allowing people to take the drinks home and be responsible.

Because of how conservative Tyler is, and how it’s smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt, many people try to make a religious issue out of drinking but I’m not sure why. The Bible commands us not to get drunk but it doesn’t say anything is wrong with having a drink here and there. In fact, Jesus turned water into wine.

As a Christian, I try to live my life by the Bible and see nothing wrong with having a beer with friends every now and then and will continue to do so until you can point out a Bible verse that says drinking alcohol is wrong and prove to me that Jesus actually drank grape juice, not wine.
Regardless, it’s a sensitive topic to a lot of people. When Tyler had minor league baseball teams and started to sell beer at the games and lost sponsors as a result of it. Don’t be surprised if in the future you have to vote on whether or not to keep it wet.

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