Make Big Alcohol pay
To the Editor: An alcohol excise tax increase of $182.5 billion over ten years is a major step back from the edge of the fiscal cliff.
Did you know that since 1991 Big Alcohol lobbying has resulted in our country losing $57 billion in revenue? Or that a new alcohol tax increase could help fill nearly 12 percent of the president's revenue portion of the nation's ten-year deficit reduction goal?
It's all true and it's time to tell our national leaders to hold Big Alcohol accountable and get them to pay their fair share while helping to reduce the deficit. The catastrophe of alcohol-related harm will be reversed with a 10 cent spirits tax increase, 15 cents on beer and 18 cents on wine.
Alcohol consumption annually costs American society 79,000 lives and $223.5 billion in harm of which government's share is $94.2 billion.
Alcohol is unlike other products because consuming it causes great harm to the general public and great costs to government. Alcohol Justice believes that $182.5 billion in new alcohol tax revenue over 10 years is a fair contribution to deficit reduction that will help the country avoid health and safety spending cutbacks.
Contact your congress representative and tell them it is time for the alcohol industry to pay for their costs to our economy.
A well-deserving tribute
To the Editor: I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Sheriff Leslie Cotten for his friendship and his dedication to Navarro County and the State of Texas for his unselfish loyalty to serve and protect all of us.
His leadership as Sheriff of Navarro County for 20 years has earned him a historic place as a new generation of legendary lawmen that have served our area. Les carried himself with the down to earth, common sense values that were evident from the teaching of his parents and role models growing up.
It is not easy to handle the terrific responsibilities and the decisive commitment and decisions that come with being the top lawman in the county. Les did so with dignity and respect and certainly carries a good name and character to his retirement.
I had a unique privilege to serve with Les from the beginning of his law enforcement career, through the ups and downs of bringing outlaws to justice, all the way to this present time. We often enjoy talking about the olden days of our careers and the remarkable experiences, famous people we met and good friends we made. These experiences are priceless and a privilege that not many people can talk about.
Sheriff Les Cotten — we owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. I pray that God will reward you now with peace and happiness and a well-earned retirement.
Your friend and brother in Christ,