It was also decided, however, that prior to Grow Trigg getting enough signatures, TCAA will publish an ad stating that they are going to publish the names of those who signed the petition, either all at once or in sections.
TCAA leader and pastor Bob McIntosh said they oppose alcohol because “it leads to destruction,” and added that the group will verify the signatures on the petitions even if the county does not.
Although several businesses in the city and county have placed petitions to signs within their premises, one man at the meeting Thursday said he wasn’t going to give his money to any business that has petitions available, and he suggested that everyone in the room do the same.
“A lot of us here have witnessed the effects of alcohol,” said Clarence Thomas, who is on the TCAA’s ways and means committee. “We already know how bad it is, and how it can affect our families.”
According to Thomas, there were members of Grow Trigg that attended the previous meeting, held on May 28. Thomas said that the county is already dry, and has been since before 1920, and that they don’t want for there to be a vote since the last election in 2008 cost the county $27,000.
Although Grow Trigg, the group that wants to end prohibition in Trigg County, said alcohol sales would help the local economy, TCAA members and leaders are unconvinced, and think the social costs would be too great.
One resident talked about how his father’s alcoholism damaged his relationship with his father. Another resident at the meeting suggested, “in the nicest way possible,” that those not satisfied by conditions in Trigg County might move to someplace that’s more to their liking.
Another TCAA member at the meeting said that while some in the anti-alcohol movement may indeed consider the opposition to be their enemies, the Bible says they are to love their enemies.
The next Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Cadiz Baptist Church.