Do you ever feel like our society is getting more sinful by the minute? Do you feel hopeless about how to initiate positive change for our community? In this great United States of America, we still have an awesome power, the power to vote. A referendum is being put before the citizens of Sampson County to have county – wide beer and wine sales. If passed, this will allow alcohol to be sold in areas like Turkey, Salemburg, Autryville and Harrells and little communities like Bonnetsville. I urge you, as a fellow Sampsonian, if you are against allowing more outlets for alcohol sales, to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, May 6. This is our opportunity to come together as a united front and stand against county wide alcohol sales. Statistics show that access to more outlets of alcohol sales increase underage drinking. It is also proven that the costs to a community due to extra alcohol sales far outweigh the extra revenue that the taxes from these sales will generate. The word froward, used commonly in the King James Bible comes to my mind as I think of the pros and cons of more alcohol sales in Sampson County. According to my Websters Dictionary, froward means not easily controlled; stubbornly willful or contrary. Proverbs 2:10-15 states: “ When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths.” I do not think that adding more alcohol sales outlets will help our community to be more righteous. I think it will lead our community to be more froward and will not be easily controlled. This will mean more work for our police force and sheriffs deputies.
If you are against the county wide sale of beer and wine, there are many things that you can do.
1. Let people know that the vote is coming up, I have found that a lot of people are not even aware that it is on the ballot.
2. Exercise your right to vote, do not sit out on this election. This will be one where every vote is important.
3. Offer to take someone to vote that is not able to drive themselves. The Board of Elections Office in Clinton offers curbside voting. They are also offering early voting opportunities. Early voting begins on Thursday, April 24th – Friday April 25th and Monday April 28th – Friday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will also be open on Saturday April 26 from 9am to 4pm and the last day to early vote is Saturday May 3rd from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The contact number for the Sampson County Board of Elections is 910-592-5796. The Board of Elections is located at 335 County Complex Road, Clinton NC 28328.
4. Help someone obtain an absentee ballot. Forms to request them can be printed from the website www.ncsbe.gov . You can also call our local Board of Elections office to request a form to receive an absentee ballot. That number is listed above. After the proper paperwork is filled out, then ballots are sent to the voter and the ballots have to be in to the Board of Elections office by April 29th at 5pm. This could be very crucial in getting our older Sampsonians to let their voting voice be heard.
5. Do not be apathetic. Don’t just sit around and let someone else decide the outcome of this vote. The Bible says in James 4:17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him is sin.” Let your vote count, it is important. This matter could be decided by just a few votes.
6. Pray for the Lord to honor the efforts that we are making. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:34 that “Righteousness exalteth a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people.”
I want to honor my Savior the Lord Jesus Christ with the gifts that He has given to me. This includes using the power of the pen to write this letter to the editor. This includes using the power of my mouth to tell others about the upcoming vote. This also includes using one of the most powerful rights that we have as American citizens – the right to vote. As a mother, as a Christian, and as a Sampsonian, I plan to vote against the county-wide sale of beer and wine.