|How the PLCB looks at the citizens|
At their April 8th meeting, the PLCB decided to move the State Store which has been at 137 Main Street in Lock Haven for decades to a shopping center outside of town. They didn't ask anybody in local government, or any local businesses or any of the citizens...you know, those people who supposedly they work for. This has led to the Lock Haven City Council, along with Rep. Mike Hanna, the Clinton County commissioners, and Downtown Lock Haven Inc. having to fight the PLCB over who knows what is better for the community - the people that live and work there or the bureaucrats in Harrisburg.
Clinton County used to have two liquor stores, one in Lock Haven and one in Renovo. Two stores to service 900 square miles of Clinton County, until the Renovo store closed five years ago. Fear not, citizens! The PLCB has said they are "actively looking" for a replacement spot in Renovo! So far, they've been actively looking four years, and counting. As one citizen said "If the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wants to run the liquor business in this state, then it's the Commonwealth's responsibility to provide convenient locations for citizens to shop for liquor..."
I'm going to do my civic duty and let the PLCB know that there is an 8,100 sq. ft. property with 40 spots for parking at 112 St. Clair Street and Third St, Renovo, for lease. It was already a retail business and has a loading dock. Explain to the citizens why you can't use it and why after all this time you haven't found out about it already.
|Looking for 4 years, eh? FOUND IT!|
One of the cries of the people who for one reason or another want to keep this backward system is that in West Virginia some counties don't even have one store anymore. While that may be true, nobody in West Virginia has to drive as far as some people in Pennsylvania do - NOBODY.
The PLCB is obligated to serve all citizens of Pennsylvania. and the PLCB has failed the citizens of western Clinton County in this respect and continues to fail citizens across the state. Ask the people in Mountaintop if they were satisfied that it took two years to move a store 50 feet. Ask the citizens of Chester, a town of 45,000, if they are satisfied with their one state store. Ask the people that spend hundreds of millions out of state if they are satisfied, and ask the citizens who have consistently shown over four decades in every scientific poll that they want what most of the country thinks is a normal system over a state run system.
For 80 years the PLCB has only been concerned with itself, deciding what people should be allowed to buy, where to put stores, how many stores to have (there were over 750 at one point, there are 605 now), and when they should be open: like some overbearing, deaf deity bestowing its grace upon the unwashed masses.
The masses are getting sick and tired of it. Sick of a system that should have been done away with decades ago, sick of being told what they will be allowed to purchase by largely unknowing and incompetent overseers, sick of not having the convenience they see in other states, sick of the case law, sick of "interpretation," sick of graft and corruption, and sick of being treated like children.
The Pinchot legacy is alive and well in Pennsylvania - To make the purchase of alcohol as difficult and expensive as possible.
We are not safer, we are not better served and we are not satisfied and never will be with a state run system.
END IT, DON'T MEND IT!