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JrVol, the fact of the matter is that liquor stores in North Carolina (where laws allow grocery stores to sell wine) still turn a good profit. And, from what I've seen, grocery stores there sell your basic wines (Sutter Home, Yellowtail, etc...). Seeing as liquor stores here are considered small businesses (for the most part), what it really does is shift their market. Instead of having to carry a very wide variety of wines (from Wild Irish Rose all the way up to the high-quality stuff), it gives them a chance to lower their stock and carry the more obscure brands that grocery stores probably won't pursue. Rest assured, there's still plenty of whiskey sold in this town to keep the liquor stores in business.
I agree completely. If the law is to be rewritten, I believe city and/or county governments should control wine/beer permits (any substance below 25% ABV). As far as the issue of Sunday sales, I don't think much headway will be made. There are still far too many people who are going to protest ANY sort of reform to the current laws (and there are too many politicians who need their votes).
Lastly, it should be made known that you share the same endorsements as the Knoxville News Sentinel. I might just be a backward hillbilly, but I did notice that you both have that-there same Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group logo at the bottom of your websites. Coincidence?
6th District: Here you've given this endorsement some thought. You backed up your endorsement with a specific reason as to why you endorse Mr. Brown over Mr. Frazier. Its that last parenthetical statement that has me confused: "(And he doesn’t own a check-advance business in the district he would represent.)" Are you implying that because Mr. Frazier owns a business in the district he seeks to represent that he would misuse funds for personal advancement? Or, are you saying that because he runs a business in that district he couldn't possibly know the problems it faces? Either way, that statement is borderline slanderous (and I'm sure you've become well versed on the subject of slander, what with your friends at Bearden Healthcare Associates being mighty neighborly to you).
4th District: You've endorsed a candidate based on what he sees when he goes to work in the morning. Does that mean if I drive by the TVA ash spill on my way to work in the morning that I'm qualified to find the best solution to cleaning it up and minimizing its impact on the environment? Nick Della Volpe is far more than just a man who drives down Magnolia Avenue in the morning. What I've learned from this endorsement: I could solve the problems in the Middle East if it were just on my way to work.
3rd District: You pretty much bashed the guy you endorsed ("he doesn’t seem the type to challenge the status quo"). Also, you commented that he received the nod from the Democratic Commissioner Broyles. Who cares if a Republican or Democrat endorses ANYONE in a non-partisan election? Also, Holman and Palmer share their stance on using TIFs very conservatively.
2nd District: You gave us Duane's resume. As extensive as his involvement in Knoxville has been, you failed to mention anything (including the name of) his opponent, Ken Knight. In every other blurb, you've at least given a salute to the candidate you did not endorse. Do I sense some hostility here?
I'm really happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but:
First district - It would seem you've endorsed one candidate over another because you're not a fan of the people who supported one of the candidates (Arthur Seymour Jr. and Bill Baxter). Instead, you've opted to endorse a newcomer with hardly any reputation in public service on the off-chance that he might turn out alright (momma always said a bird in the hand's worth two in the bush). So, ignoring the rest of the city of Knoxville, you have decided that the MOST important thing is to make the proposed South Waterfront project a reality without any regard to how the rest of Knoxville would react to tax increases. Also, Marlino has been talking about a light rail system for Knoxville. Where's that money going to come from?