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The Consequences Of Alcohol Sales
Thursday, April 30, 2015
It’s time again for the citizens of Muleshoe to decide which is worth more… the convenience of picking up a bottle of liquor or beer at a corner store, or the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done everything you can to provide the people — and especially the children — of this community as much physical safety as possible.

While there are some who would argue that allowing the local sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption would reduce instances of drinking and driving in Muleshoe, the truth is it won’t.

If you’re familiar with the Pro-Second Amendment saying, “If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns,” you might be interested to know a similar axiom is true about alcohol consumption.

“Those who want to drink and drive… will drink and drive, and the distance involved doesn’t matter.”

In other words, it’s the attitude of the individual… the traffic offender… the consumer, that determines whether the bottle, can or jug remains sealed.

It’s that same attitude, when inhibitions are removed by alcohol, that results in the well-documented increase of domestic violence.

Yes, the argument that local alcohol sales will increase local sales tax revenue, and thus benefit the community, may have a small degree of merit. But how well will this offset the increased financial requirements in the areas of law enforcement, the courts and even social services resulting from the increased alcohol consumption that will undoubtedly follow?

With the increased availability of alcohol comes the increased likelihood of heart-aches, physical injuries and even deaths attributed to its consumption.

How do you explain your “yes” vote to the friends, relatives, parents and children who must face the consequences?

The election process requires secret ballots, but when you’re standing graveside… will you be brave enough to admit your part in the tragedy?

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A ‘Typo’ Is A Hairy Wart On Miss America’s Nose
Friday, February 27, 2015
Typos are the bain of my existence.

Better make that “bane.” The word comes from Middle and Old English, and has to do with “a cause of misery or death.” It’s roots indicate “murderer,” “destroyer.”

“Bain,” I’m told, is a French word for “bath.” And, yes, a cold bain is a bane.

Of course, a sentence such as my first in this column would not be so much a typo as a simple mistake in usage. Or, worse, a blind spot in English skill and knowledge.

Or, more sinisterly still, the bitter fruit of a politically correct “education” that puts chicken scratching from an unusually articulate cannibal in a loin cloth and drinking warm blood from his uncle’s skull on par with the writings of Shakespeare.

(Just take a look at some university course catalogs and weep. And, yes, I know that most of this paragraph is composed of sentence fragments, and I just started this sentence with a conjunction. Get over it.)

Some typos are just funny.

I was checking out some lyrics for a record I’m hoping to make this summer (“record” is still correct; it’s short for “recording”), and an Internet article offered from that romantic classic, “The Way You Look Tonight,” this lyrical line: “with your smile so worm.”

If you prefer your beloved with an intestinal parasite instead of a warm grin, well, there you go. Some people like turnips, and I don’t understand that, either.

Perusing some old issues of The Christian Appeal, a devotional magazine I edit, I ran across three typos in five decades. I know we’ve committed many more, but I dare anyone to find a publication more typo-free. We’re almost neurotic about producing a clean magazine.

Typos that slip through are as welcome as a hairy wart on Miss America’s nose, but I do suppose they fulfill one function: they argue for some humility.

I smiled when I read in one of our old issues a friend’s account of a typo in a very early edition of Handel’s Messiah.

The mistake occurred, as typos often do, in the worst possible spot. Right in the midst of the great “Hallelujah Chorus,” instead of the immensely reassuring line, “the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,” something very troubling indeed was reported: “the Lord God omnipotent resigneth.”

Who could blame him?

For, you see, errors in living occur with much greater frequency and far more serious consequences than errors in publication.

After I’d sent to my senior editor brother some page proofs I’d just completed for our devotional mag’s most recent issue, his e-mail came back: “First time ever in all these years, I found not one typo.” As always, I read through again. And found one.

I appreciate and honor good editors. But thank the Lord indeed for sending not an editor to catch our mistakes but a Savior to wash away our sins.

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