Published “several years ago…”
There was a story in one of the papers last week, about the Village of Duck Run 3 (is there really a Duck Run 1 and 2?) written by the Village Chairman, who complained about an individual receiving a liquor license without the consent of the Village Council. This person opened a bar of some sort, and started to serve “firewater” to the locals, thereby plunging the community into a kind of dark ages, with drunkenness and rude behavior. And yes, machete fights.
It was a pretty interesting story, and I tried unsuccessfully to contact both the chairman and the dastardly bar owner, but the time was too short. (This is a very short week for printing folks.) So I just have to go with what I’ve got, which is an image of a quiet community turned pirate due to the sale of grog.
Now I don’t know how quiet the community was before, since even the Chairman admits that the villagers used to go outside to buy their booze, but I have to suppose that the young bulls committed all their fiery acts in that other settlement. Maybe, that other unnamed community is now happy that this village has their own bar, and maybe now there is peace there, since all these foreign rum and beer drinkers do not have to jump the border for a throwback.
It is rather unfortunate that some folks have to get so worked up when they partake of the “devil’s” beverage, and then resort to fisticuffs and sword (sorry, machete) play. And it is even more unfortunate if what the Chairman said is true – His Council did not approve the liquor license, but it was still done behind their backs.
As a former Chairman of my Village of Burrell Boom, I can fully attest to what he is saying, as this kind of thing happened all the time. On the one hand, the government of the day wants individuals in their communities to volunteer to lead, but on the other hand, it seems once the positions are filled, things just go on as usual; damn the Village Council Act!
It is rather unfortunate, I think, that some people just do not follow the rules. As a matter of fact, I have discovered that people do want change, BUT only if it gives them an edge. They do NOT want fairness at all. Any positive change must be positive for their wallet or purse. And as soon as they see that any new changes are not paying off, (for them) then it is back to the drawing board.