The letter from an official with MADD South Carolina about driving under the influence reminded me that no leaders in the community are willing to speak out against the way the Columbia City Council suspends the laws regarding drinking in public.
On April 30 our citizens have another opportunity to consume “unlimited 2-ounce samples of all craft beers,” which suggests why this same event last year “suffered some growing pains in terms of line management and crowd control.” When free alcohol is available, the crowds may become unruly — especially when individuals have already been drinking for an extended period.
Of course, the founder of this event wants to “make sure our guests have a great experience from start to finish.” The S.C. Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival is even providing face painting and other activities for children.
There was a time when children were protected from such foolishness as irresponsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. Certainly the times have changed, unfortunately for the worse, when alcoholic beverages are necessary to achieve adequate participation by the public.
Charles C. Puryear