Mike Rust, Director of Missions for Little River Baptist Association, said the formation of a committee would be to “promote family values. We’re have a family based environment and feel we need to keep it that way.”
Rust noted the group “was not a push by the Little River Baptist Association.” He also said he did not live in the precinct, but was still strongly against such a proposal reaching the ballot. “It’s up to the people in that district to elect a chairperson among themselves and that’s why we’re going to have a public meeting.”
Both Brock and Darnall live in the precinct in question.
Brock noted the formation of such a group was not personal against those wanting to have the question placed on the ballot and that everyone was welcome to attend the meeting, whether they voted in the precinct or not. “Our group is non-denominational and we welcome any help we can get,” he said.
He also said he objected to the way a cover letter was worded which was sent to voters in the precinct encouraging them to returned a signed petition requesting the vote. Brock said he objected the way the letter indicated that tourism in the area would benefit if the alcohol were available. “That’s just not so,” he said, saying that alcohol sales would lead to increased cost of law enforcement as well as increased problems within families.
“We’re not against progress,” said Rust. “We’re not attacking anyone.”
“We’re talking about legalizing a drug,” commented Rust. “Alcohol is a drug and we’re talking about legalizing a drug. We think it would be better to keep alcohol out of the community.”
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