As hard as I looked into Ms Eade’s commentary, I …

Comment on Can the town afford the welfare burden? by Domenico Pecorari.

As hard as I looked into Ms Eade’s commentary, I could not find any indication of the “action the town needs”, as teasingly promoted in the introduction, but just more questions.
Well, I have a question or two for her and the business community represented by the Chamber she heads: Would you agree that the abuse of alcohol lies at the heart of the majority of our town’s woes?
And, if so, why have you chosen to ignore the issue, preferring instead to question welfare payments which you correctly identify as an important income source which the local economy depends upon.
I agree with Terry, that education is the long-term answer, but what about the HERE and NOW.
I’d like to see the Chamber “get real” and promote some serious curbs on take-away alcohol sales, say, limiting them to Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. Yes, just two days.
Clubs and hotel hours could stay the same, or even extended, with the strict enforcement of existing serving regulations.
It won’t be so hard to adjust to such a system. After all, we have all come to accept seat-belts in cars, bicycle helmets and non-smoking public places.
Our community leaders need to realise that, sometimes, the broader public interest needs to over-ride the economic benefit to the few.

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