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End alcohol despotism


January 6, 2011 Letters to the Editor

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Bill Molczan was right in his letter to the editor of Jan. 4, “Liquor monopoly wrong.” Pennsylvania’s state liquor store monopoly is a creation of the 18th and 21st amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, in response to the repeal of Prohibition and the establishment of the State Store System in Pennsylvania, then-Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot stated that the purpose of the Liquor Control Board was to “discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible.”

This monopoly is the legacy of the desire of Pinchot and his ilk to restrict the rights of Pennsylvanians to their own bodies and, as such, is a form of despotism that should not be allowed to stand any longer.

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