I work for a wine retailer in Madison Heights. The vast majority of our business consists of us delivering wine directly to our clients.
The first week of December, the Michigan House of Representatives will likely vote on House bill 6644. This bill would make it illegal for my Michigan-licensed wine company, and other Michigan wine retailers, to deliver wine to our Michigan customers.
Advocates of this bill claim that this is the only way to stop minors from purchasing wine for delivery online, in spite of there not being one known instance of a minor successfully purchasing wine from an out of state retail wine shipper in any of the dozens of states that allow the deliveries. To penalize actual local retailers due to a phantom risk posed by out of state retailers seems foolhardy and misguided.
The practical ramifications of House Bill 6644 passing would be catastrophic for my company as well as hundreds of other wine retailers and catering companies. We would be forced to employ less delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and even customer service reps. During this particularly trying holiday season, the Michigan House of Representatives would be better served considering a bill that can create more jobs across Michigan, not one that is certain to take jobs away.
Rick Wolfe Westland
Israel & injustice
It is hard to think that a sad event will bring a glimmer of hope. Today an email did just that.
My daughter serves as a volunteer each year in Palestine. The stories and information she brings back are heart-breaking. There seems to be a bottomless pit of injustice inflicted on a people who seem to have no options. The excuse is that there are terrorists that need to be controlled. But it isnt terrorists who are suffering, and ordinary citizens have no influence on Hamas or Fahta.
With U.S.A. support, Israel commits constant human rights violations. They seize land with no recourse for the rightful land owner; they throw Palestinians into jail for something as simple as smiling. They cut off electricity, food, and water. They terrorize international peace volunteers and have kidnapped some from non-Israeli territory.
The email was about an Israeli soldier with his contingent firing bullets into the Palestinian fields where farmers were attempting to work. The soldier put his gun down, crossed the barrier, and joined the farmers in their planting. When he returned he likely disappeared into an Israeli prison. Reading of this selfless act, I cried for him and the people he was supposed to terrorize.
This holocaust could be stopped. Re-read They Dare to Speak Out by former congressman Paul Findley and the more recent The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by Mearsheimer and Watt.
You can help. Replace the olive trees ripped out by the Israelis. The East Jerusalem YMCA has a campaign for this. (www.jai-pal.org ) The U.S.A funds Israel at $11 billion annually, no strings attached. To see what theyre buying, go to: www.freegaza.org. It isnt as hopeless as it sometimes appears.
Barbara Young Bear Lake
Correcting a correction
In regards to the letter to the editor from the Cleveland Browns fan, the original Cleveland Browns team is not the same one that is there now. That team became the Baltimore Ravens and won the Super Bowl in 2001. The current Cleveland Browns began as a new team in 1999 after four years with no football in Cleveland. Incidentally, the Browns were the team the Lions beat when they won their last championship in 1957.
Pat Ivory TC