2008.05.21 Diane Molitierno
While I don’t reside within the city limits, I have been a part of this community for my entire life and I care about it as a result. After reading about the last city council meeting, I found myself concerned about how some council members are making decisions and what those decisions are based on, such as the decision to refuse alcohol permits.
Allowing alcohol in the park attracts softball teams and weekend-long tournaments. This brings money into the city, these teams buy gas, food, snacks and more when they come to town. Whether we approve or not, being allowed to have alcohol in the park is a deal-breaker for many teams. Chief Weeks reported no problems with those that gathered in the area that permitted alcohol. Why weren’t these points relevant in the final decision?
I’m not sure what the precise duties of a council member are, but I imagine it has something to do with making decisions that benefit the city. I would guess it would involve looking out for the local economy, city beautification, minimizing crime, maximizing safety, and similar matters. The decision made to ban alcohol from the park appears to be based on personal and religious reasons. I’m fairly certain it is not council’s job to act as the community’s moral compass.
If council wants to ban alcohol from the park, I encourage them to find a legitimate reason. I’m sure there are at least a few that don’t include making absurd assumptions about why people consume alcohol. Why people drink is not the issue. What’s best for the city is, or should be. Allowing alcohol in the park benefits local business and hasn’t caused any problems for our law enforcement. There is a reason that this country recognizes a separation of Church and State and this is an excellent example of the reason. I applaud those council members who could separate the two.
– Diane Molitierno
Morenci Road, Morenci