Alcohol tax is another theft by the usual suspects

April 13, 2011

Anyone who even remotely thinks that increasing the alcohol tax will reduce underage drinking is delusional (Alcohol tax: 50% increase is first in a generation, April 12). This is nothing more than another money grab by a legislature that won't stop spending and is out of touch.

What is needed to stop teen drinking is more education about the damage that drinking can do coupled with increased parental supervision and involvement in the lives of our children. Stop sugar-coating this issue and call it what it is — another tax pure and simple.

Are we going to legislate all of our behaviors? Why not put a tax on eating fries or buying butter from the grocery store because too much of these things could be hazardous to your health? Ridiculous. Where do you stop? In this state, the legislature won't stop until our pockets are picked even cleaner.

Wake up, people and start taking responsibility for your own actions and stop electing these same spendthrift politicians that do not have our best interests at heart. This is an example of the damage that a one-party system can do. The majority of Marylanders are disenfranchised and I, for one, am tired of it. Get out, get involved, stop complaining and do something about it!

Bill Countess, Abingdon

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