To the editor:

I enjoy reading the Voices page. It’s always interesting to hear about the views of others in the community.

I read the letter about the Carnivor Festival and paused. Seems to me the event was a wonderful community event. The decision to allow the sale of alcohol, like so many small towns and cities in Missouri and across the country, was an idea whose time had come … especially for a town making efforts to grow and bloom in so many ways. Tip of the hat to the planners and to local government for facilitating it. I am confident that the planners and government fully understood the risks associated with allowing alcohol to be served and were prepared to address any untoward behavior (whether associated with alcohol or not).

Understanding and tolerance can go a long way in dealing with many things in life, especially in the wake of inevitable change. Issues like this do not have to be divisive. I'd venture to say that there is not a majority of Christians who are overly concerned about alcohol on the square.   

I hardly think for a minute something like this would warrant calling for a holy war in Webster County.


John Shaughnessy


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