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In regards to Elissa Boyet’s article in the Sept. 22 Carolina Gateway, I would like to offer my thoughts.
For several reasons, I am against alcohol sales on Sundays. Uncontrolled growth, more drunk drivers on the road and, in my own humble opinion, even less time for families to spend together. Religion is a whole other issue that I will not get into here.
Yes, if you allow alcohol sales on Sundays, you may eventually get the national chains, but at what cost? What would happen to the smaller, locally owned restuarants that we have now? Do these same people support the local businesses or do they drive into Mecklenburg or York counties and spend their money there? Don’t you see the same thing happening to these smaller restaurants as the small hardware or book stores when the national chains moved close by?
But my greatest question regarding this and any other development that people are pining away for is this: If you like the Indian Land/Lancaster County area enough to move here, why are you so adamant about changing it? If it was good enough for you to choose to build/buy a house here over any other place, then why isn’t it good enough for you now? Wasn’t part of the charm of living here the rural settings? Less congestion? Less noise? If one prefers all the amentities of a bigger city, then perhaps they should choose to live in a bigger city.
Some development and growth is always necessary for an area to survive and thrive, but if it isn’t controlled, the ultimate cost will be much greater than anticipated.
Do we want U.S. 521 turning into a South, Independence or Roosevelt Boulevard? How many more stoplights will be added to U.S. 521?
How many more trees, farms or fields will be destroyed to have more buildings added? And can the economy support such ventures now? Will the money generated from alcohol sales be worth it?
And again, what are we willing to pay for “progress?”