My turn: Alcohol abuse a disease, not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote.

“In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card stated.

“Lives are lost every day as we watch the moral fabric of our communities decay.”

The card urged standing up for family values.

Since I seldom drink, I had less than a Chihuahua in the fight.

Had the proposal failed (it passed, 311-278), wouldn’t Portalesanos wanting Miller with their beer-battered fish or Strawberry Hill with their chicken-frieds in wine-sauce have simply continued driving to Clovis — which is more dangerous?

Wasn’t the wording about destroying the moral fabric of the community really thinly-disguised code for imposing religious views?

Otherwise, why is serving drinks with meals on Sundays different from other days?

Defending family values is subjective and best left to parents. Others might want to outlaw smoking or fried food on Sundays.

Alcoholism is a terrible disease — not a moral failing. It has killed close friends, and I have a visceral hate for alcohol abuse.

Unfortunately, laws against Sunday sales do not combat it — or prevent lost lives.

If alcohol abuse is the real issue, churches should put their combined resources into supporting a treatment center.

I will donate.