To the editor:

I was looking forward to the Carnivor Festival, mainly because of the bands, and I took my young son and we began by looking at all the great cars lined up on the west side of the square. But as we made our way east, I was astonished to see that there was alcohol being sold. At first I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think the leaders in this community would allow this. Why, in fact, would they? This is the question, isn’t it?

I’m not really surprised that this is taking place, along with all the other breaches of common sense we are now being told consist of everything from choices to rights. This is clearly a time of decision, isn’t it? After 55 years of down-spiraling socio-cultural results fro a “me” generated mindset and the federal directives about privilege for some but not others, younger Americans, my friends and family, mind you, are of the opinion that rules, standards and principles are somehow outdated.

At this point tolerances are being tested in American, and the right and the left both seem to be edging toward the end of their rope. I know that if I had my way, I would simply remind people that consuming alcohol in public in front of children, who must then be forced to see the sometimes ugly results of such behavior, is just something we, as a civilized and respectful society, just don’t do. We do, however, allow people to consume alcohol in appropriate places.

Alcohol does change things in people, and it’s the unwanted manifestations that develop during the mutation of reality that cause me to argue against legalizing public consumption of alcohol. The same reason it was against the law in the first place — not to rob people of their right to consume alcohol but to remind them of their responsibilities in the membership of the community of people. The public square is like everyone’s living room.

It’s like a lot of things today. I don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own space. But I shouldn’t have some imagined right that allows me to force my unwanted behavior upon you in public. So, since you can argue what is and what is not acceptable in public, we are faced with a choice about standards, and that calls for a foundation of values from which we derive the principles of civic behavior. You guessed it! Yes, this is a war between good and evil, just like everything else today. Christians, are you going to sit still again on this one, too? As you can see around you, we get what we deserve.

Ron Reese

Marshfield

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