I admit that voting Clark County wet is not the be all and end all answer to growth, but it would go a long way in breaking the backward and non-progressive thinking that has held Clark County back for so many years.

To the Editor:

I admit that voting Clark County wet is not the be all and end all answer to growth, but it would go a long way in breaking the backward and non-progressive thinking that has held Clark County back for so many years.

The people of this county have not been allowed to vote on this issue since 1944. If ever the time has come to join the 21st century, it is now. I call on the leaders of our universities, banks, industries and businesses to stand up and lead. Statistically, someone’s son or daughter will be on the highway, driving back from Hot Springs (where they are forced to buy their alcohol) and will be involved in an alcohol-related accident. For that reason alone, we should be actively in support of voting for a wet county.

There are a few clergy members trying desperately to keep this off the ballot entirely. I ask that every registered voter of this county, both churchgoing and non-churchgoing, to think reasonably and rationally about the benefits of voting this county wet. There have been industries that have not even considered Clark County once they realized it was a dry county. We must realize that this is a truly antiquated idea for most people. Let us once again prevail with the voice and vote of logic and reason.

Jack Thompson

Arkadelphia