North Carolina Considers Privatization of Liquor Aleigha Page, Staff Writer North Carolina legislators are considering privatization of the state liquor industry. Because the state government currently owns the liquor business, the only means of purchasing bottled liquor is through the Alcoholic Bever age Control Commission, whose liquor locales are more informally known as ABC stores. Because the Alcoholic Beverage Control Com mission has a monopoly on the liquor industry, it dictates which brands of alcohol are available and what the prices of those brands will be. The Commission also dictates which restaurants can obtain a liquor license and how much that license will cost. North Carolina is one of only i8 “control states” that have state government-imposed liquor regu lations. Of those i8 control states, however. North Carolina is the only state where local ABC boards sell alcohol and are loosely indepen dent of the state government. According to a WRAL article written by Gary Robertson, Gov ernor Beverly Purdue has hired a Chicago-based financial group to appraise the liquor wholesale distribution in North Carolina and, as stated in Business Weekly, to evaluate how much of a profit North Carolina could turn by al lowing liquor to be sold by private vendors. The WRAL article claims that the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission will pay the financial team up to $175,000 for the ap praisal. Whereas ABC stores are cur rently run by the state govern ment, if North Carolina were to privatize the alcohol sales, anyone could own a liquor store and make his or her own profit. The idea to privatize North Carolina alcohol sales was first inspired by the dis covery of the financial success of a family running the ABC store of New Hanover County; reports say that the family was turning over $250,000 in profits within a fiscal year. Meanwhile, in Mecklen burg County, one liquor company treated county board members to a $12,700 dinner. Aside from benefitting indi vidual entrepreneurs, privatization of alcohol sales would primarily al low the state to financially benefit from the selling of warehouses, properties, industry assets, and other items used in the state- owned liquor industry, according to Leonard Gilroy, the Director of Government Reform for Reason Foundation. Those people opposed to chang ing the 75-year-old ABC bill state that it has generated $259 million for both state and local govern- • STAFF 'lferuld(;^ineredith.cdu Editor /Uny Hniby hrubyamc(« A.ssistant Editors Mariamawit Ad Manager Kristen Ciallagher Staff Writers Krishna Chagarlannidi .lillian Curtis Erin E.theridge Kristin Gallagher Meghan Grady Maria Githua Caitlin Griffin Galley Jones Aleigha Page ■Anna Turner Mengjie /.hang I.ayout Editor timily Melton Holly Meyer Sports Editor Jillian Curtis Literature Advisor Suzanne Britt Design Ad\isor Dana Ga>' Thi.' Mcn'dith IlvraUl is j)nblished l)v the 0)lk*^e throufthoul the aciulemic year, llie {wper is funded by the College and througli indei>endent advertising. .All advertisements should be sent toheraldf" meredith.t'tiu. The opinions expressed in tlie editorial columns do not neccs- saril>‘ rellect those of the ColU‘ge adminisiratitui. faculty, or student ImkIv. The policy of this paper requires that submissions he made by 5 the Thursday before publication, allow ing time for consultation between staff and contribu tors; that articles not e.vceed 700 words; that letters to the editor not e.vceed 200 words; and that contributors sign all submissions and provide necessary contact informa tion. rhe editor and staff wel come submissions meeting the above guidelines. \ Published hij Hinton Press ments. The advocates of the status quo also claim that the way in which alcohol is currently administered keeps personal liquor con sumption low. They stress the importance of evaluating the possible increase in alcohol con sumption and how that increase could lead to potential problems, such as higher alcoholism rates, more drunk driving accidents, and public disturbances. Governor Perdue promises to evaluate these possible “human costs” in consid ering passage of the new bill before any official action is taken. Privatizing ABC stores will put the control of alcohol in the consumers’ and the sellers’ hands. North Carolina legislation has not permitted private liquor sales Photo courtesy of News and Record since the days of prohibition, so changing the way the state handles its liquor is a monumental piece of legislation. If passed, the new bill will shake up the social norm that has been established, and it is certain to have a strong impact on how all citizens of North Carolina view alcohol distribution and con sumption. The research team from Chicago will present their research to Governor Perdue and other state legislators in April. What is Sustainability at Meredith College? Katherine Seott, Contributing Writer The Green Print defines Mer edith College’s goals to become sustainable. It also lends a well ac cepted definition of sustainability. But how exactly does sustainability actually appear on campus? Is it an edible garden blooming, years after students and faculty worked a Friday afternoon to plant them? Is it a new graduating class working together to plant trees as “Catalysts for Change”? Not just that. It is all the imagination, collaboration, organization and decisions that made these events occur. It is also all the food that the garden will provide and all the services the trees will give. Is it that Meredith College has an environmental organization on campus? Not just that. It is that Angels for the Environment has many dedicated members who have worked hard to bring environ mental awareness to campus. It is also that Angels for the Envi ronment chose to take a risk and elect a non-science major as their president. Even more so, it is that having a diverse group has made the organization grow to a new measure that stands up to more current environmental needs. Is it that Meredith College students and faculty worked to complete the college’s first Green house Gas Inventory in the semes ter of Fall 2009? Not just hat. It is that a professor took an opportuni ty that was a risk to use the inven tory as an educational experience for a single class. It is also that many faculty contributed informa tion to students, and that some brave few chose to help coordinate and provide support to students. Sustainability is its associations. It is how Meredith College set its the sustainable goals, how the community always yields sustain able efforts, all of the connections these efforts make and how these connections inspire more goals.

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