Letter to the Editor: Current Alcoholic Beverage Control system puts power, profits in local communities

Posted at 10:06 AM on Aug 24, 2018

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To the Editor:

I would like to reply to the the recent outcry about privatizing the Alcoholic Beverage Control system in North Carolina for spirituous liquors.

The control system that the State of North Carolina operates is complex and there are certainly ways to improve. The main feature, however, of the North Carolina system is that it is owned and operated by ABC Boards (not the state) in communities that have voted to allow sales of spirituous liquors. That means that all profits made on these sales stay in the local community and do not go to private operators or large corporations such as Wal Mart or Cosco. In Statesville, since 1973, over $12.5 million have stayed in the Statesville community.

As long as the current system is in place, the Statesville ABC board will continue to work to promote responsible alcohol sales through control, to provide the highest level of service to our customers, and to generate revenue for our local community.

Tip Nicholson, General Manager
Statesville ABC Board

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