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Alcohol Sales Initiaitve — The Poll


Last night, while my husband and I were relaxing, I had call from a pollster… I always take political polls because I have strong views and I want them known. .. This poll started out like most polls…. Then they started asking me what stores I shopped at… that seemed weird… Why would a political party care whether I hate Walmart or like Costco…. My reasons for where I shop has a great deal on how I perceive that the workers are treated.

Then the pollster asked what I thought of the privatization of the state liquor stores… At first I really had no opinion… I worry about things like the economy, employment, education, the environment, health care…. I really could care less where people get their liquor… Personally I drink very little and maybe buy a bottle every year or so for cooking…. As we proceeded with the poll the questions became more leading… The poll was definitely designed to get us to say that liquor sales should be privatized… It would get the state out of the liquor business… Wouldn’t that be great…. Wait a second each of these little liquor stores is a small business… Putting hard liquor in the grocery stores wouldn’t offset the jobs lost  in closing the liquor stores….The leading questions also made it clear that the grocery stores were behind this….Why would I support this alcohol sales initiative?

The initiative is clearly designed to make the big grocers more profitable, kill state run liquor stores (small businesses), make the already strapped state government more strapped….  Another way to spin this is we have an initiative that will give more money to big box stores, kill jobs, wipe out a class of small businesses and reduce a revenue stream for the state of Idaho…  I cannot and will not support the alcohol sales initiative…

Where I was indifferent and ignorant I am now informed…. Thank you whoever payed for this leading poll….  I followed the money and I have the answers… They are not pretty… So now I am willing to fight the alcohol sale initiative just as I am willing to fight for health care reform…..

Why does this belong in a real estate blog?  Because we are small businesses and we need to support other small businesses.  I will not fight the alcohol sales initiative because it hurts small businesses and hurts the great state of Idaho.

  Debbie Holmes

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Thanksgiving is coming…My children our coming home…My pies are baking in the oven….


Thanksgiving is coming and 2 of 3 sons are coming home.  The eldest is in Beijing and he and his GF are going to celebrate with peking duck… The middle one has been in Cambridge for the last four years and is now at RPI for graduate school and is coming home….The youngest is at a freshman at a liberal arts college near home….

I ran around buying food that my boys like and planning menus…..Today I actually was domestic enough to make my pie crust from scratch….They are baking while I write this…My dad and stepmom and her sister will join us for Thanksgiving….

As I write this I realize I have a lot to be thankful for….

I have a husband who loves me and thinks me pretty (even though I am fifty and a bit fat)…

I have son’s who are making progress towards their goals…

My son’s are all men to be proud of…

My stepmom recovered from her horrible complication to surgery and we have her….

I find my work rewarding….

I have really good friends who care about me….

I have a son who thought I would make a good Congresswoman…

My family is healthy…

My husband and I aquired a great housemate (grad student from England)…

The old dog stopped peeing on the carpet …

I get to make the holiday for my family and my husband even peeled the apples…

I have a wonderful extended family…

We own our home and can pay the mortgage on all our rentals…

I have food and shelter and do not want for things  ….

When I put the the key in the ignition the car starts….

All in all I feel that things are pretty good.  Yes of course we could use more money…It would be nice if we owned a car with less then 110000 miles on it…It would be nice to have more clients…..

BUT I WOULDN’T TRADE WHAT I HAVE FOR THOSE THINGS!