After reading the past few editions of the Mineola Monitor, I feel compelled to get out my hypocrisy umbrella and put on my BS boots. The churches are out in full force and are trying to scare the people of Mineola to death. Some are comparing Saturday’s vote on Propositions 1 & 2 to Nazi Germany while others are warning us that our children and grandchildren will be consumed in a sea of alcohol and their blood will be spilled in the name of collecting tax dollars.
I guess the churches are really feeling like their grip on the city of Mineola is slipping. That is very apparent. The real irony of this situation is that many of these are the same people who said that the judge should show leniency on the teacher who had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a high school student. Are our priorities really that skewed? Are some people really looking the other direction while a teacher abuses our children but those same people think that stores selling beer and wine will lead to the destruction of our society? Really?
Are our Christian values directly tied to the fact that we force our citizens to drive 30 miles to buy a bottle of wine to have with their dinner? I know they are not. I know that we also don’t worry less about pedophiles teaching our school children than we worry about people being able to buy a legal product in the store of their choice.
This is obviously a very emotionally-charged issue and some people are willing to say whatever they feel is necessary to oppose it, even if the things they say are little more than a terrible embarrassment or a direct insult to our town and its citizens.
Most articles the churches have published have not been against drinking alcohol, but against buying it in Mineola. This clearly makes no moral or fiscal sense.
I hear that there are still communities in some states where the residents ride horse-drawn carriages and use oil lamps because they refuse to adopt modern culture. If these people believe that alcohol is the root of all evil and do not want it in their community, I urge them to bring forth legislation outlawing alcohol all together in Mineola.
I urge you to stand up to the hypocrisy of this faction of people in Mineola. Vote YES on Propositions 1 & 2 on Saturday, May 14th.