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Posted at 1:37 PM ET, 11/ 9/2009

A Democrat for ABC privatization

By editors

By Lew Sherman
Fawn Lake, Va.

Regarding Garrett Peck’s Nov. 8 Local Opinions commentary, “Closing time for Virginia’s ABC stores”:

As a Democrat, I’d venture to guess that there are a few who would call me a socialist, if not worse names. But I strongly believe that Virginia should get out of the liquor business and allow private enterprise to engage in that activity. If grocery stores can sell alcohol in the form of beer and wine, why do liquor sales have to be run by the state?

Let it go, Virginia. Most other states have long since seen the error of their ways. Private enterprises no doubt can run this type of business a lot more cheaply.

By editors  | November 9, 2009; 1:37 PM ET
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Maybe you should actually do some research before coming up with this type of tripe. ABC stores are a major source of revenue to the state. How would you replace this ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | November 10, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey Falmouth1, I think you could still tax spirits and not have the stores run by the state. Many states do it that way and it works out just fine. Why don't you do some research, mmkay.

Posted by: novalfter | November 10, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think alchohol is already taxed by the state ? Do you think we should triple the current tax and if so how many would be driven across state lines to buy cheaper alchohol ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | November 12, 2009 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Falmouth1 -- why not drive to Calvert-Woodley in DC and see how many VA & MD plates are in the parking lot?

VA's loss is already DC's gain, and it's been that way for some time.

Posted by: Froomkin_fan | November 12, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

People do currently cross state lines. Do you advocate tripling the current tax and don't think that people will then buy elewhere in mass ? People that shop in DC live a reasonable distance away, not in Richmond. Raise the taxes to make up for the loss of privatization and you will see revenues plunge dramatically defeating your whole premise.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | November 13, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

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