Aug. 25, 2011: Our readers write

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Satire on display
On the Aug. 18 Opinion page of The News-Enterprise, a letter said, “Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo) has stated, ‘Even if a so-called ineligible person (unregistered American, illegal immigrant) casts a ballot, is that really so bad? Shouldn't every living person be entitled to vote for who will rule over him?’ A U.S. senator speaking on behalf of violating our laws.”
That appears to be fiction, having originated in a Web article out of “Arizona Sunlight: John Semmens: Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News.”
Greg Fliesher

Boyle County economy growing
As president/CEO of the Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, I can attest to the fact that expanded alcohol sales have a positive impact on a city’s economy and its quality of life.
In 2010, Danville elected to go fully “wet” from its previous status of serving alcohol only at restaurants with 100 or more seats. The EDP strongly championed this economic initiative. Our organization’s primary goal was to enhance commercial development opportunities in our historic downtown business district by increasing alcohol sales options.
In 14 months, three new restaurants, a boutique spirit shop, a live music/entertainment venue, and a microbrewery have located downtown.  Another new restaurant is under development downtown, and a larger brewing company has opened.
Five package stores have opened, and the sixth will be the first Liquor Barn store outside of Kentucky’s metro areas — offering much more than just alcohol. Existing restaurants and convenience stores have taken advantage of this change to increase their offerings and profitability. New downtown events such as Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day have drawn visitors and shoppers to benefit our retailers.
These new businesses have created new jobs, new capital investment, new tax revenues and new momentum for our city. We now have more to offer to tourists, visitors, and business travelers. And, local dollars are being spent locally to benefit our economy, rather than lost to neighboring communities.
On Oct. 4, vote with full knowledge that a yes vote is a vote for an improved future for your city.
Jody A. Lassiter