Commonwealth Journal

March 9, 2012

Group opposed to alcohol at Eagle’s Nest

Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Dear Editor:

K.I.D.S. (Keep It Dry and Safe) of Somerset and Pulaski County is opposed to the sale of alcohol at the Eagle’s Nest Golf Course in the Caney Fork Precinct of Pulaski County, Ky.

K.I.D.S. has  registered in Frankfort, Ky.,  in opposition to the potential legalized sale of alcohol. Our first concern is the underaged drinking that could affect our families.

Lt. David P. Jude of the KSP says, “the most common used drug among our American youth is alcohol.  It kills 5000 teenagers every year.”

KSP reported in 2011 that 4014 teenagers were arrested for DUI … 22  of those teenagers were under the age of 14.

Our second concern is safety.  Golf is a game of skill and fun and the results of drinking at the golf course could harm the participant and the people on the golf course.  Will the law allow driving a golf cart under the influence?  The drive home  under the influence of alcohol will place innocent people in danger of a potential drunken driver on the dangerous Ky. 39.

Our third concern is for underage drinking among teenage golf players who may be family members of the Eagle’s Nest Golf Course. If it were to pass and alcohol is allowed, who is going to police the golf course and ward off underage drinking and guarantee the parents’ safety for their teenagers?

Our fourth concern is cosu and community.  MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) say the economic costs of drinking and driving is enormous. The total comprehensive costs in 2010 were $1,026,571,800.

While golf is a game of skill and fun, alcohol will only impair the participant and the game.

 KSP reported on Dec. 30, 2011, that alcohol and the speed of nearly 140 mph contributed to a fatal wreck that claimed the young lives of three 18-year-old boys in Frankfort, Ky.

The Caney Fork Precinct of Pulaski County is forced to vote yes or no in a scheduled referendum vote on April 3, 2012.

K.I.D.S. will continue to meet each Monday Night at 7:00 p.m. at Somerset Baptist Temple, Ky. 39 in Somerset. The public is invited.  Yard signs, information, inspirational speakers and musical artists are available each Monday night.  We urge all Caney Fork Precinct voters to vote no  on April 3  to the alcohol sales at Eagle’s Nest Golf Course.

David Carr

Chairman of K.I.D.S.